The Bifurcated Life, Time and the Speed of Light

He, a thirty-some-year-old Korean-American,
mathematician, two years widowed writes
of theoretical physics and equations
to understand
the desperation
of his grief
at the death of his wife
and to help understand
the guilt
in his bifurcated life.

She, a forty-some-year-old Indian-American,
poet, four years widowed writes
in metaphors and similes
to understand
the desperation
of her grief
as the widowed wife
and to help understand
her bifurcated life.

He, a seventy-some-year-old, white guy,
remembers his late wife
in twenty-five years
of a bifurcated life.

Maybe sometime beyond time
and beyond the speed of light,
they won’t lead a bifurcated life.

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