he seems just a mere whisper in the night
a ghostly wraith
i could put my hand right through,
he’s really there, breathing,
standing unsteadily in the dark cool,
the light of the streetlamp
glinting off his head where hair used to be.
how long, how long will we have you?
days? hours? or perhaps just minutes.
you are barely there
i would put my arms around you
but for fear of breaking you.
you laugh and you smile
as if you are not in the act of disappearing
as if you are not in pain.
look at this long bold man
who forged his path
his own way
doggedly gripping this life even as he
ebbs into a world beyond —
what is it that we are? how is it that we stand
in this place of in-between together?
why must we suffer this collision?
look at you in the bright heat of the oven,
hammering, crafting on the anvil
the only thing that means anything
and just look at this beautiful and cherished thing
you make in the midst of the