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Dogs 2021

The Old Ones
(5/16/2021)


Brother Bollocks
visits the mother
of a dead friend
on a regular
basis

his own
mother
dead

and his
father
hundreds
of miles
away

these
short trips
are his way
of paying respects
to that age group
he guesses

although
they talk
of the same things
each time

they talk

he isn’t sure
if his presence
is a comfort

or a painful
reminder
of her lost
son

still
he makes
the hundred mile
round trip
every
two weeks

Brother Bollocks
remembers
his aunt saying
upon the death
of his grandmother

“we’re next”

meaning
their
generation

he watches
them
slowly pass

waiting
to tell
his sister

his cousins

the same
one day

soon