Gone Before Long (a poem)

Gone Before Long by David A. Church

For Ormie

A disconnected line never called
Housebound, alone
The pictures of cats faded
The neighbours waiting to become corpses
Vacant house, hospital never left
A funeral never dated or attended.

What does it take to be noticed
When you have no friends?
What remains after memories escape
When none of the stories are on paper?

A peripheral academic career
Unmoved, over-growing
The cards and tiles played
The countless TV attempts to win
Deserted brain, body that stiffens
A car turned but never to be driven.

What thoughts were taken in the mind
When the place stays the same?
What can be said using reference books
When time forgets all in one call?


David A. Church

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