Washington's Birthday

Wan February light, shy, lingering.
Pale, opalescent... wistful-hopeful.
Over cemetery scrublands (one whole
remainder from the trees' last fling).

We shared the hobo bench, Mr. Brown
and I - near that paradigm for Everyman.
He was a kid once, too - perfect son
of somebody. Some emblematic hand gone cold

(long gone). You turned beneath the trees,
your whisper merging with their rustling - like
one of these tall Baldwins (crowning, exulting
on the ridge). Spring rhymes with breeze.

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