Obit Edit (12 Months Later)

30 Sep

Stand still…
If you stand still the wind won’t cut through you. It’s strange, isn’t it. It goes against what we’ve learned.
Stand still.
Feel it? Do you feel it? You don’t. That’s the point. It’s strange. Short sleeves, too. The stiller you stand the more unlikely you are to feel the December wind.
(For calcium eat cabbage)
Wear a wide-brimmed hat in the rain. Water proof coat. Light an old cigar, have a few puffs. Then extinguish it and slide it back in its plastic tube.
Garcia y Vega.
(It’s not pronounced Garsha)
Stand still for a while and smell the air: dead maple leaves, wet, mixed with railroad. You know that smell…railroad. Carbon, I think. Stand quiet for a while because nothing will stand quiet for you.
No one will stop. Lose the melancholy. There are bills to pay. People will take an hour’s respite, write some nice words on a balloon about how much they miss you, then spin with everything that spins.
Who’s gonna feed the dog? Who’s gonna take care of Sadie?
Stand still. Just one more second. Listen.
Now let her have it.
I’ll see you some other time. They’ll tie balloons to the seat you used to claim in the courtyard, as a memorial.
I’ll snap a photo.
And then delete it to make room for others.
Of other living things.


5 Responses to “Obit Edit (12 Months Later)”

  1. jac 02/12/2009 at 12:20 PM #

    Very nice. Sorry about your friend.

  2. valerie 30/09/2010 at 1:46 PM #

    like this.

  3. Janete Cabral 03/10/2010 at 1:22 PM #

    I have always loved your style of writing. Another poignant piece.

  4. Lx 04/10/2010 at 5:42 AM #

    Thanks Janete. Whereabouts the world are you now?

  5. Janete Cabral 12/10/2010 at 10:43 PM #

    Back in the England now, still missing New Zealand. Left my sea days behind as well and actually have a regular stable job !

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