Daytalking (from Completely in the Dark), Nightwalking (courtesy of ShinyRobot), and Stargazing (again, CITD, forever and Amen).

Of Missing Persons

Michael Maupin
8 min readJan 29, 2019

“And you can sing this song
On July the Fourth
In the sunny south and the frozen north
It’s a day of loss, it’s your day of birth
Does it take a death to learn what a life is worth?”
— Jackson Browne, “Of Missing Persons”

A shadow of childhood (Completely in the Dark, 2019).

The woman in the deli aisle…



Michael Maupin

Writer, editor, and media maker. Blogs at Completely in the Dark ( and lives in Minneapolis, MN. Currently on Substack at StoryShed.