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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Billy Howell-Sinnard

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The Dazzling Moment Of Your Departure

No one else saw it.
A deer came to the window
then walked carefully
into the woods.

Your hand above the bed,
for an instant, like a hummingbird.
The last breath barely noticeable,
as if never taken or given.

I smiled when I saw the
smile breaking upon your face
like the recoil of a branch
when a hawk takes flight.