Love went flying

 

Love went flying

 

From all the tired horses and migrant workers

Love

It went flying

From the blistering sun

From the Coney Island dancers

From that first kiss on the boardwalk, love

It went flying

 

And from the windy nights

And the rainy mornings

From the children I birthed and the

Sound of their laughter, love

It went flying

From the depths of yesterday’s pain

From last night’s tears, love

It went flying

 

Further than his bones buried

And while seeing his smile captured on posed photographs, love

It went flying

 

From the sound of my childhood church choir

And from the sound of virgins crying and weeping, love

It went flying

 

Over cities and under trains

From the lips of the homeless woman on 42nd street, love

It went flying

 

From the blood on my thighs

From the kiss that led to loss

From the sweetest friend to an enemy now

From an empire of hurt, love

It went flying

From the broken down palace

To my broken dreams

From the castle of pain

To the methods of escape I built, love

It went flying

 

And while rain taps on my windowsill

While I’ve lost my two best friends

Love

It went flying

 

Over his grave, with the smell of loose joints and cafe Bustelo

 

Over her grave with Newport 100s and the butterflies she so loved

 

Love
It went flying

 

And in between cigarettes

And the ash and soot they create

Over memories

Of Clifford Maceda

And Elizabeth Rivera DeGarcia, love

It went flying

 

With my empire of tears

With my coffee and Johnny Cash songs, love

It went flying

 

Love

It went flying

It went flying

It went flying

It went

Flying

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My dear friend Cliff, I miss you so much. I can’t believe you’re gone. I can tell you though, that each death I’ve mourned in my life has taught me a lesson. Each death I’ve grieved has evolved me in one way or another, and this time I embrace the evolution. I embrace the change.

Your death has taught me that life is to savored and experienced at full tilt. Life can be as delicious and incredible as we choose it to be.

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