Afterwards

Your colleagues are not your friends.
Your boss is not your family.
Even if they have been to your home.
Even if they have met your wife.

They may remember you.
For the stand you took, a battle fought.
For your authenticity.
But they aren’t going to stay in touch.
Regardless of what they say at your retirement party.

A few words exchanged with a stranger at a coffeeshop.
A dramatic storm coming across the lake.
The screaming, yipping celebration of the local coyotes.
That’s what I’ve got now.

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