A message from Pittsburgh
opened tentatively, a friend’s
smiling name searching across Time
and the glittering remains
of the Atlantic Ocean,
one crossed between us
and the bridge of comradeship
forged in a pub by the Avon
so long ago.
A picture of my boys, cheerful
and fledgling optimism bursting
from beyond their early bird uniforms
the headline of his electronic note
and yet underneath it all
I realised that Time has been a beast,
for my eldest boy is now a year older
than I was when I first met my friend
from Pittsburgh, his brother
and his parents, who took me in on my travels.
I have not seen my friend in such a time
and it made me weep for all
the others I have missed since
I trekked the world
and its wife.
Dedicated to Dennis Riley.
Ian D. Hall 2017