Vinni Marie D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
by Vinni Marie D'Ambrosio, inscribed on the Rothenberg Memorial Monument, New York City; sculptor: Madeline Segall-Marx
on the death of a colleague
Somewhere was where he went.
Now when the campus is thick with summer,
the copper beech
will show the small spaces
among its leaves
as clearly empty places.
And soon in winter
ever a larger
through the tines of its branches.
Then we'll turn our eyes away -
so hard it is to witness
the tree weeping twigs
as we lament.
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