Here (Now)

Here
this year
without you,
seeing you laugh again
the way we never quite
used to,
bitterness would be easy.
The temptation to forget
I loved you
taunts in its simplicity,
but I still can remember the smiles
– and the salt-sweet tears
of experience
and they help me – now –
to watch as another lights the dawn in your eyes
and not hate you.

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