afters (12)

 when our kids were young
 we looked out there
 and saw them in 
 their plenitude

 we called them in
 at dinner time,
 awash in loving

 and when they went
 we smiled goodbye,
 for they'd be back,
 and (often) call --

 these strangers who
 we raised out there
 but who we barely knew
 at all

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