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by Meg Baird



running the last mile


walking and talking with him

then running to avoid

the feared parking ticket

running to run away

running just to run


staying on track

we’re parting ways

here’s to the days

we thought would never end

my friend


but the parting

is in the future

I walk in my years

strongly beside his frailty

I’ve always loved his joie de vie


he’ll be tired

just getting home

hospital bed in his living room

how ironic words can be sometimes


now he’s drinking

“in his cups” as he likes to say

happy enough in his own way

along with a menagerie of drugs

dying, he said, is a full-time job

along with lucid dreaming

loss of short-term memory

loss of appetite

anxiety, some panic

visual effects that turn the room

sideways or upside down

all normal, the docs tell him

if he fears anything

it’s being alone at night

those wee hours are frightful to him

can’t say I’m brave enough to stay


torn between standing in his way

and whispering in his ear that it’s ok

run Tom, run



I’ve told him

I wouldn’t stay

not at his apartment



he’s in bad shape

his ship is sinking


are one of his fantasies

go figure


Stevie, his friend

from across the hall

before he got evicted

now still has a warm place

he’d been running errands

for Tom for months

a real sweetheart with problems

this could get interesting




Meg Baird can be found in the ezine archives of Yellow Mama, Anemone Sidecar, Open Heart Forgery, Apollo's Lyre, and Prachya Review as well as the paper publications Fluidity, CV2: Poetry Only, Expressions, and Fourth Floor Images. She enjoys performing in cafes, libraries, bars and special events. Poetry, her own and that of others, has saved her life on more than one occasion. Say no more!

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017