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Mourning

      Mourning.We miss.We want to retrieve.We want to forget, but yetWe want to remember.Mourning.We want the past to come back.We want the better day.Was it? Will it be?Mourning.The pain.So much pain.Too much pain.We have to forget …We cannot forget.
      This poem was inspired by "Not an Elegy for Mike Brown" by Danez Smith, a black, queer, non-binary, HIV-positive writer and performer from St. Paul, Minnesota.