Often dream of meeting childhood friends,
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some now absent, others scarcely present;
a café, a bar, lunch, dinner, a coffee date,
every single night of late
and into the morning without warning,
tossing and turning.
Gave up searching for replacements,
every maladroit attempt
full of paranoid delusions,
punctuated by loud silences;
a whispered goodbye to my best friend,
now just a memory on a cold table.
Drowning thirsty in the middle of an ocean,
but everyone's swan song is rattled alone,