They say Gone ahead:

They say Gone ahead

          as if the beloved had merely walked
faster than the rest of the group, gone
          into the dappled park with its near-spring
greenery and enticing little waterways,
          leaving the others still gawking at every 
shop crammed with tchotchkes along the way.
          They say Passed: as if she had spent
the whole morning in a cold,
          high-ceilinged classroom, carefully  
filling in ovals on a test form using
          a No. 2 pencil, and less than an hour later
gotten her score. As if a cloud floated
          its blue shadow over the town, or
the last of a parade turned the corner,
          its spirited music growing fainter.

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