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In Memoriam

James (Jimmy) Howard Dill: 1953-2011 El Paso, Texas.

The Goodbye

You almost lit the cigarette twice

but I forced my mouth shut.

Watching your every move,

I cleared my throat.

The smoke-filled room

provoked a last word in the silence

–Your chairs need oil. The backscrews need tightening.

He nodded in Japanese fashion.

Trying to cushion the air,

I found no crisp, dead leaf

to rake moisture left from a choking sea.

Copyright (c) 1999 by Robert L. Giron.

From Metamorphosis of the Serpent God (1999, Gival Press) by Robert L. Giron. Printed online by permission.


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