On Distance

There's a one letter difference 
between strange and estrange,

between hoarse and horse.
You can call from the edge

of the field for the animal
that bolted the stall a long

time ago, until you've lost
your voice. As the animal

that's fled, you might try
to return only to find

there's no way to slip easy into
the familiar or make it yours

again. One word means not from
or distant or disconnected,

the same way one letter makes
there different from here.

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