some serets

The photo was old

taken twenty more years ago

his eyes bright shining

looking out from the funeral card

lying on the chair for me

I went there said my piece

about the man I knew

keeping the secrets he’d told me

how she had stopped loving him

so many years before

& now she was here

all pale tears no makeup tired

we commiserated for her loss

spoke of our best wishes

then laid him to rest

knowing she & me his friends

would never speak again

in death as in life

some secrets are better left


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