In memory of a friend: activist, writer, queer icon lost to Cancer.

Photo by Paul Lehman on Unsplash

How do you mourn for him?

Who stayed only for a while-
but what was forever;

Who carried a unadulterated smile
and throbbing, piercing pain;

Whose insides the chemo burnt;
but none of his spirit.

Who would want to conquer all:
but little time in his hands.

Who would herald the colors of pride
even when the cancerous inferno raged inside.

“Moon is my lover” , he’d say-
strumming on his uke.

How do you mourn -
the one who loved the moon
and whom the moon loved back?

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Photo by Yoni Kozminsi on Unsplash

I need to let you go
believe me, I do know,
but just a little bit longer
Let your memories linger.

In your stories of yonder
Let me sway asunder.
Like on those phone calls
of past – summers, falls.

For one more time
in your breath sublime
let me be drunken
all my senses sunk in.

Into one last embrace
without refrain or grace
take me; like dying ember
watch me dismember.

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A poem about changing cities during a pandemic

Photo by Ravi Sharma on Unsplash

How to build a home
alone in this unhomely city?

Where winter cloaks the sun
and rancid coal air chokes and burns ;

where dust gathers over clothes and skin.
and death still possess the winds;

where phantoms veiling hands and faces-
scurries past hiding from doom.

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