Vinni Marie D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.


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by Vinni Marie D'Ambrosio, inscribed on the Rothenberg Memorial Monument, New York City; sculptor: Madeline Segall-Marx

Copper Beech

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


airy emptiness


will whirl

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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