Gone – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Prosery – All Hallows

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“Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortal.”  Emily Dickinson

 

Gone

He smiled as I lit a candle in memory, his face briefly illumined in the flare of the match. We reminisced, he and I, as we sipped our mulled wine in the quiet of the eve. Those days of school caps, soccer, steam trains, fish and chips in the high street, so many memories. We recounted all those souls who’d gone before us, choosing to redeem their lives by letting go their shortcomings and recalling their good side, to do otherwise would lack any sense of grace or humanity. The night drew long, and talk turned to he and I and all those years and some lost opportunities, the what ifs and maybes of life. I felt the tears welling, and as I blinked my eyes blurred. Eventually, as my eyes cleared, I looked up and saw that he was gone, until next time.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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42 Comments

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42 responses to “Gone – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Oh! Heartbreaking end! I love this, Paul. Reminds me of all the meetings with childhood friends.

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  2. Very evocative. I can almost smell those chips and hear the steam train. Then the bitter-sweet end. Nicely done, Paul 🙂

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  3. A full circle emotional ride. Well done.

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  4. Very heartfelt imagery !

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  5. Beverly Crawford

    Two old friends reminiscing, so well depicted. May “next time” be soon!

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  6. Wonderful Paul! The last lines seems to be a conclusion of the others, with hope for the future. We are here on earth only going the first part of our way. Thank you! Michael

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  7. This is so vivid.. the memories and the intimate conversation where you let go their shortcomings and recalling their good side made me think of a last reunion, but in the end you let go that only one is left.

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  8. powerful depiction … is he a lost one also?

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  9. Lovely and bittersweet–the remembering, the letting go.

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  10. Oh, Paul! This made me teary eyed. So beautiful!

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  11. lync56

    This drew tears to my eyes – very beautiful and evocative

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