Full Stop

I introduced you
and my other
two besties

to my cousins
at Dad's wake
in March:

"this is Heather,
my high-school
sweetheart;

this is Deborah,
my post-high-school
sweetheart;

and this is Jen,
she's just a sweetheart,
full stop!"

---who knew
except God,
dearest Jen

that by August
an insidious
hidden cancer

would claim you
and leave me
sobbing, bereft,

blind, raging, hurt,
who knew
that Fr Brian

who conducted
Dad's service
would do the same

for you, would say
your Mass, would tell
the same story,

who knew
that for weeks
after your death

I'd walk around Boston
and be seized
by lamentation

and have to stop
and weep
in an alley,

who knew
that our friendship
three years young

would become
as old holy books
might say, ghostly,

who knew that when
I'd talk to you
from now on,

I'd be addressing
your laminated
prayer card





Poetry by Thomas D The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2020-07-11 at 10:49

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Esti D-G The PoetBay support member heart!
Powerful and so sad!
I offer my sympathies.
2020-07-25


arquious The PoetBay support member heart!
deepest sympathies
2020-07-15


Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
A fine poem, Tom. The last two stanzas are devastating.
2020-07-13


bibek adhikari The PoetBay support member heart!
So sorry about your loss, Tom. I can feel the grief in this finely written elegy.
2020-07-12


AFRODITE STATHI
So sorry to read about her.God bless her soul.
2020-07-11