your voice     a cat-caress
with the soft static of cigarettes

your ponytailed hair

silvered by sixty-odd years

of what life throws at you

sometimes you walked on crutches
oftener you used the motorized wheelchair

one time i saw you walk

unassisted       lurching & hobbling

a dozen steps
without complaint

you once allowed
that you liked the way i looked from behind
then wondered
if i would have you up

on harassment charges

another time you told me

you would make glogg 

with a liquor illegal in this country
180 proof

you didn't like richard on the 6th floor
you weren't alone in that

he was     to put it mildly

obstinately anti-feminist         boorish really
you refused to ride the elevator with him


one afternoon

when you didn’t have your crutches

i helped you into a friend's s u v 

i held you in a hugging dance

of slow & stuttering music



you died in your sleep last november

i still have your card

from a few years ago

merry christmas tom
wishing you an interesting new year

ps broke my glasses

sorry for the penmanship

Poetry by Uncle Meridian The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2022-10-13 at 08:15

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Editorial Team The PoetBay support member heart!
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jim The PoetBay support member heart!
The word "joy" resonates deeply in so many way throughout this poem. Truly touching.

Rob Graber
What a touching memoriam!

Alan J Ripley The PoetBay support member heart!
Sorry to hear about your friend,
But it's nice to have memories.
Thanks for sharing. regards Alan.

arquious The PoetBay support member heart!
The past 2 new years have been quite interesting. And the upcoming one is gearing up to be just as fascinating.