You both occupied your space confidently.
I still see you
In the middle of the high school stage, on my back steps,
And sitting on your rooming house bed, each time with
A guitar in your arms, brown eyes half closed;
Your full lipped smile kissed my best friend
Though you hugs were generous.
The West swallowed you whole.
Gone at 45.
A congenital heartbreak.
And you, my friend;
Dancing in the waves,
You were too beautiful for me.
Your long bones, elegant; held a deadly secret.
You stayed ten years longer,
And fought the good fight, a graceful loser.
You left the world a paler place.
The mermaids miss you.
Where are you now?
An ache in my chest;
I dream you both alive