Marcia Camp


His legal pad is blank
engraved with wandering
indentations of words.
He bore down hard with his pen

illness made everything a chore.
Writing wasn't easy, but
sharing thoughts seemed
somehow worth the effort.
His impressions are bleeding
up through this yellow page now,
pulsing, informing me that
living is worthy of the pain.

On this first day without him,
it's what I need.


(photo by Ashley Harris)