Billy of Mine (a eulogy for a friend)

You died so suddenly it sucked the wind

right out of me


a myth of a man

you lied and made me think

that you would always be there to read my words

and smooth the pain a little with the understanding that you had

you were supposed to live on in the little things

that you taught me to love so well

the dust and the cracks

the leftovers

all the infinite ordinary moments that

I can hardly bear to face alone


you’re not in any of it


and even my memories of you are fading




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