Moments of Comic Unity by Richard King Perkins II

So much less than expected had been delivered

even the boxes you dropped off

were empty of almost everything but vapor.

I’m not sure what I thought they’d contain—

mementos of us;

the Tiki mug from a night out with your cousin

or the shard of rose quartz we found

on a walk past the site of the new library

but the containers held only stale newspapers

and books without dustjackets that were never mine,

my mangled, worn slippers

and the pants to my college track suit.

Sometimes I imagine you walking around

in the darkness of a house I’ve never seen

wearing the hoodie of a team you never ran for

and that makes me shake my head

and roll my eyes in a sad way

that’s actually good.

We were never right for each other

was your summation of those struggling, pathetic years

but there were moments of comic unity

or even cosmic unity

and maybe that’s what you left room for

in those mostly empty boxes.

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.


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