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I Don’t Know, Joseph

People write my mother died,
when my father died. People write. 
People say I lost my child, 
my brother was killed in the war. Say. 

Say this: I cannot tell you how 
we can better communicate loss. 
Say it. You cannot tell me how. 
You can try everything. You can try. 

The truth is that truth is not science,
or it is science-religion, faithful 
to itself. Say it. Say faithful. 
I say fitful. I try sleeping each night. 

How do you know there is nothing?
I don’t know. I don’t know, I say. 
The smartest thing I ever heard
is that doubt’s the only thing loss leaves behind.  
Say it! Say I don’t know. 
Posted 08/04/14
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