Catching the Send-Off Train: Melanie Faith

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Pauline to Edgar

You spend most of your time now
in my dreamscape, kneeling before me.
Forgive me for leaving. The light in your eyes
a sacred lamp I no longer read by.

Always, you clasp my hand as if at any moment we’ll dance.

More time has gone by now
than the time I knew you.
A dance once, a tune everyone hummed, a uniform—
you are again in uniform. What about your son, what about

Charlie? I ask as I wake.

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  Catching the Send-Off Train:
  Platform
Telephone Operator
Justice of the Peace
Where There’s Smoke
  There’s Breakfast
Life Line
Floating
Charlie
Fragments, Sent
Red, White, Green
Pauline to Edgar
I’m not saying it’s the same.
Taking off His Ring, Part One
Edgar to Pauline
Tattered Mosaic
And Sometimes a Boy Needs
  a Father
Edgar
Taking off His Ring, Part Two
Charlie: Settling In
Thirty years
Charlie: Settling In, Part Two
Platform: Traveling Back