James Francis Cahillane
awful new century,
old King Kong came back to
New York, Americaís Empire State
of mind. By the bye, ever since nine/
eleven, the Big Apple has not kept
away the doctor, nor the terror, nor,
whatís worse, bad memories that wonít
leave when asked. Comelier memories than
those flat out refuse to return when we kneel
together to pray. ALS killed Lou Gehrig of New
York Yankee fame. Alzheimer's is less selective.
youíre here in body and appearance. Yet, youíre gone
to a long lifeís purest reality, and unlike the master builder of oneís
youth, yes mine, you stop growing and regress into a state of being
thatís totally deaf to appeal, unable to look up, down, backward or forward.
Gray jail cells destroy ambition and hold fast a prisoner within my body.
Damn brains, damn sad endings, damn luck, damn, damn, damn!
When I donít know you,
know I loved you,
and love you
The South Carolina Review, Clemson University, Clemson, SC