obsequies

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conversational notification
sociability media
cultural medium du jour

mundanely profound in
heralding a passing

old acquaintance
high school classmate
we were not close,
then

now?comment

feeling compelled to not be
standoffish, participate in
communal grief

‘click’

Our friendship was not
at a depth
then-or-now
lending itself to
condolence commentary

then,

our lives were intertwined
in clumps around
hallway lockers
five-minutes at a time

now

we congregate in the
church halls of Facebook
in passing, needing to get
to the next

‘click’

Our grief
it’s commemoration
has become
personally anonymous
round, yellow,
not-happy facesyou and
adorned with solitary tear

GIFs of
flaming Viking ships,
other visual totems of
various, dubious ilk

friend!

we feast you on the pyre
of our laptop screens
saying farewell

‘click.’

– Mark L. Lucker
© 2018
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