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A Heart of Gold












One More Name

For Richard Byrd, June 25, 2023


I wish it were other-

wise, and those ghostly good men would show up


at night, marauding

through my dreams with bloody scabbards, or else


be sitting at the foot of my bed

in flannel shirts, good uncles, smiling as if all is well,


but they only arrive

in daylight, blurred faces, floaters drifting across


my glistening eyes,

no weeping, no tears, not even a manly arm


around my shoulders.

They just appear as a reminder of something or other,


then move into a dark

corner, out of sight, just as each did in life, another


disembodied name

in a lonely male sequence no one knows but me:


Steve Vermilye, Bruce Schenker,

Jim Hillestad, Jim Hazard, Neil Selinger, Marty Rosenblum,


Jon Kotcher, Ken Kogan,

Dennis Niswander, Steve Brown, John Tenuto, sweet


Richard Byrd,

surfer, artist, musician, kindred spirit, shining meteor


crossing the night sky, disappearing

into a watery tunnel, an abyss I still don’t have a name for


—SL, New Paltz, NY, July 2023














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myadams1229
myadams1229
Jul 15, 2023

And Floating Teacher. Richard showed our daughter Emily how to get up on her first wave. She followed up with a nose diving wipeout that snapped the tip off her surfboard. Richard congratulated: "That's great Emily! Usually it takes a year to bust a board"

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