A Vignette of Rocky


The puppet man of Camden

sings and dances for the children.

Beyond tie-dye t-shirts lies

a heart of wonder.

His prostate supplement bottle

now holds a memory stick

filled with leaves of grass  ̶

filled with poetry and pain;

hidden lives of loved ones gone

are remembered through flowers

or football. His joy, contagious

even considering everything lost  ̶

a baby brother, parents, a lover.

To live for him is to be aware.

To breathe and bask in each moment.

How he’s grown innocent with age.

How he looks young with a white beard.

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