|This image reflects the times and loss I know. This is my story not theirs.|
They band a suite, cacophony of loss
Ronald: internal rage splattered against a backroom pillow
a single shot. Self-inflicted. He died alone.
Arverna: asphyxiated. She was found prone on perfectly
combed white carpet. Her chiseled biceps, taut abs and
narrowed nose, were not enough. Cause unknown.
John: sloughed off youth and atrophied limbs, immobility closed
off freedom in his locked mind. He starved off hope, then muscle
until his bones were light enough to float to Heaven.
Roland: lean as the cinnamon sticks he chewed but organic living
couldn't repair past afflictions. Sobriety wasn't a bargaining chip
for AIDS' inevitable sentence. Five years clean.
Ernestine: big auburn hair, ladies powder and crisp white skirts gave
way to diapers and half-sentences by sixty-nine. Rasped her last
"Hello Darling!" after a stroke and before another decade
she couldn't remember.
Sidney: a blue-collar brother out after thirty years on the line.
He was dreaming laid back afternoons and resting old bones.
Instead he was gone after a no contest with cancer. Death
came before the age of retirement.
Gina: a smile for every one, room for everybody
not even half a century old. Like her brother Sidney
cancer came violently and swiftly. Raced through
her body like a band on a cross-country tour.
Last show was final.
*image. Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire. They were iconic.
This image is used because it reflects the times and loss I know.This is my story not theirs.
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