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In a suitcase your years at the lit bus stop.

Laughing loud and long, the top

of your lungs a screaming fox,

you had stopped to tell me you were gone.


Yesterday a word dark on your lips. Chips

I remember we split in the rain, a fizzing

last laugh in a childhood lane, smacking

our knees as the trees threw their bats.


Again as the streetlamps hung in their hats

I remembered we dreamed at the back

of a class a lost and dizzy tomorrow.

Remember that? Most of those stars left long ago.


Holly. The river has forgotten your name. No,

your broken light the same to me,

cracked black by the decades we did not see

from your garden gloam. That night as I walked


the last mile home a scrap of your laugh clung

to the wind and your bicycle bell, fifty years long,

thinned to a song I have heard since then, your afterglow

gone. Do you remember the thunder like a great Amen?



I looked on.