in casual conversation
I found an acquaintance
connected by two degrees.

I heard her name
and asked who knew her
and she turned out to be
standing in the circle
as we were talking.

she asked for his name
and I said it aloud
for the first time in years.

somebody other than me
knew that name
knew that face
knew what it meant
that he is not here.

I found that a woman I knew
Who could easily be a friend
Whom I could easily love
Was tied to me
Just by saying that name.

His name.


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