For two years, I lived without you,
Your smile fading into the past,
Countering notions that you’d last
Much longer in my mind than here.
For two years, you haven’t been here,
A total disappearance from me,
A broken promise about an unfailing thee
Throughout my years to come.
For two years, you left me behind
In this floating stardust of a world,
As your soul through the ether twirled
Without me able to dance with you.
For two years, I survived our memories
While the echo of your laughter
Has run away from me further and faster
Than anyone we knew could replicate.
For two years, I wondered why,
And found myself daydreaming of time
That was taken from you in your prime,
As I find more grays in my own hair.
For two years, I lived without you
And with you at the same time somehow,
A collection of thoughts upon my brow,
Contradicting grief with reminiscences.
For two years, I tell myself to go on
And do what you didn’t get to explore,
That maybe in one or several score,
I’ll have so much to tell you again.
Princess Yvonne Dumas – March 6, 2023
Dedicated to my brother, Henry Alexander Dumas