separation
   the pull of the heart
   draw of the spirit
       now that you’re gone

I can still feel the warmth
   of that final hug
then, like ants leaving the ant hill
   everyone scurried towards their homes

standing there
   watching each leave
tore at my very being
a good feeling
   and yet
       not without its own sweet pain

       we all knew
   we all signed
this was no big surprise
yet the bonds remain

   the bonds will still hold
for without them
   there might be no anxiety
but there also
       would be no love

I miss you all so very much
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the story
    https://1in6.org/men/bristlecone/mark-krueger/

Kirkridge - October 2008
Alta - September 2012
Alta - September 2013