Bio Note: Many poems published in many small presses. One book, working on another. Catholic school boy, military veteran, ex-con. No surgeries. May get out of this life with my appendix and tonsils intact & without having to be catheterized. Wish me luck.
Edwin was going bald in high school. Don’t ask me to describe him. Just take my word for it. He was not handsome. The popular girls didn’t want his cooties. When he laughed his buck teeth bucked. His thick glasses made his eyes look fat. It’s no surprise that Edwin was a good judge of people. His favorite Beatle was George. He loved the natural world. He developed his own film. His hero was Ansel Adams. He laughed easily & he liked to tell jokes. His favorite: the less- than-a-genius who said, I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous. He became a geologist & a surveyor. He wrote poetry. My favorite: the one about the Senorita who hat danced around his heart. He did not marry.
I saw myself up ahead on top of this sand dune waving to me. Now I’m here nowhere in sight. I might have known. These footprints that don’t exist here where I am standing would have been the same size as mine if they did. It’s strange. I was actually glad to see myself. I seemed so happy to be standing here waving like this.
©2021 Mike Casetta
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