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they were here

that feeling when
your family folk pile into
a pale green van,
and slowly begin
their northward
drive
away

and you cry
as you watch
the van disappear:

a little bit because
they are leaving,

but mostly,
blessedly,
because
they
were
here

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for the better

fifty years ago,
a young man
and woman
got married

forty-ish years ago,
they had a daughter

a decade and a half ago,
i met that daughter;
she loved me, and
i loved her

then, i met her parents.

no other parents
(not my mom,
or my godparents)
had ever loved me
unequivocally,
but they said,
“she loves you,
and so do we”

and then
these parents
met my younger sister
and said, “we also love you”

and then
they met my brother
and said, “we love you, too”

so tonight
i smiled at the thought
of Fifty Years,
and hoped
someday
some young woman
or man might
someday write
about me and my husband:

“Fifty years ago,
I met these parents,
and their love–
though peripheral–
changed everything
for me …
for the better”

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