Written for: Poetic Asides 2019 April PAD Challenge – Day 24
“For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Complete (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write your poem.”
Loss of a best friend since childhood–
He is shocked, devastated, numb.
The more days that pass, the more
memories he collects. Rock concerts
attended become live before his eyes.
Drug phase, trips taken, military
service–no money for college
meant you were drafted–from which
they assumed there was no coming home.
Yet they did. For many years, the two
did not see each other–living on
opposite coasts, involved in different
pursuits and lifestyles. His deceased
friend’s children call to say how much
their dad had loved him. Life
always seems to get in the way
of special friendships, the kind
where each cannot imagine life
without the other. His life
goes on, and he wonders, how?