You grew tall
And that was a surprise
Maybe just because I always think of you
As small
For that is how you were
And always remain
Except for now
For this moment
Of thought and haze

There is a crinkle in your eyes
I think I saw that before
Actually I know I did
I remember that now
From so many years ago

Before your last bicycle ride

And now
At that thought
You are beginning to fade away

Quick, quick
Hug me quick
And I’ll be on my way
And you’ll be gone
But always only a thought away
Like this one

Time heals all wounds
As our mother said many years ago
That’s a lie
That’s a lie

Michael Mathews
11:05 PM