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Losing Track

Stephen Ajay
From Prairie Schooner, Vol. 86, No. 1 (Spring 2012)

Sometimes there are people who forget
or neglect us, who mysteriously you never
see in a cafe even though you live in the same
small city. This is not a problem until you
stumble upon an obituary or short newspaper
article and such a delicate suffering blooms
that you are forced to accept never
knowing what it was or wasn’t,
why the calls stopped and then the
postcards. But sitting back you think of
two or three people who won’t comprehend
what happened, who won’t be able
to find you.