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The sun shone
upon the day
and with
I awoke
took my spotlight
to the ferry
and lit up
the water
and the mountains
and the island
on the other side
so then
how did I miss
the happy looks
on my children's faces?
and how did I let
myself be moody
with my wife?
and how did
I forget
to bring
an inner camera
to record this sacred event?
and why do I only
remember long lines
of cars
inching onto the ferry
and the stale smell
of popcorn
inside the shops

Irwin R. Shaw - January 24th 1985