Project Tapestry
Copyright 2008 e. blakemore
(vagaries of lovepain)

On Hearing Philip Roth Speak of the Mortality of Friends

It took me minutes to recall his name.

It has been almost forty years, yet I have just now realized
How long I've felt this pain at his gruesome death;
Agonies (and guilt) that have been, at least, greater in duration
Than the time he had to feel the pain of dying.

Immortality should be reserved for the dead.

(soul tramline)

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