The Book of Your Life
for Daddy George
And so I gently close this book
the adventures of your life intact
Africa Europe Hong Kong Brazil
there and back again and again
never quite willing to give it up
as I feel for your pulse my eyes
glued to your bare chest and
blessing the lack of movement
mother watching fearfully from
down the hall her hands cover
her mouth lamenting the need
for such pain and this moment.
Copyright 2004 by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers.