It’s a dead time-
July 1978,
I’m sitting, drinking
remember Mogan David Wine?
Yeah, I drank it
thinking 19 was the end-
last chance to play-
and with whom?

I was alone all day
like the dorm halls-
mountains stared at me.
across sepia hills.

If loneliness had a name
I knew it then.

It was drinking
to an empty birthday.

Dave

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MawMaw called

looking for my wife

set to surprise her.

 

So I fished

my mind 

excuses lies-

it was empty.

 

Oh she’s out

I fished-

waiting

wondering 

I could feel

the smile,

 

She knew

or didn’t 

but I could

feel the gaze

through the phone.

 

 

Dave Barber

5 December 2008

grandma1I remember

or I don’t

(How could I at 4?)

 

but there I am

staring at the cake

my sister ready,

grandma worrying

 

that at 4,

I’m small

 

 

Dave Barber

23 Nov 08