Andrew, one year on

It was more like a scream than a roar
as that dark tunnel swallowed you from view,
your dimming lights vanishing into the unknown
while the echo reverberated ever more faintly;
and the vacant track, lacking your presence,
vibrated with a shock of emptiness.

We were left startled, dazed,
until nothing but the merest puff of smoke
drifting from the tunnel’s gaping mouth
floated momentarily before dissipating
into the still air of a fresh day.

Your mortal remains,
scattered in peace and beauty,
seemed only to mock
the entity we knew you had been.

Yet the journey with you,
having left us many miles
from the station of our departure,
attests to a world forever changed
by your brief sojourn.

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