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The Farewell Tour - May 19, 2021

the breeze drops them off one at a time

red yellow and brown leaves that spin

as they fall next to others on the ground

like a caravan of old friends gathering

for a trip they booked a long time ago

they remember the free one-way tickets

and the open itinerary of this tour

with a gust they’re off many smiling and

holding hands until a whirlwind splits

the group into smaller expeditions who

only have a moment to wave goodbye

no time for a last hug or a quick kiss for luck

no wishes for God speed on this journey

to who knows where

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