Roadside

Opportunities passed by
on roads not taken

supplanted dreams decay
like abandoned motels
rife with rusting signs,
broken neon-script hopes
cracked-concrete dreams

pot-holed asphalt parking
lot rug stitched with weeds

plenty of vacancies

Requiem for pals

The roll call is read
the dead members of a
reunioning high school class

twenty-fifth, thirtieth, fortieth…

‘In Memoriam’ reads the blurb
on the back page of the program
momentary reverence emceed

and just for a briefest moment,
time truly does stand still

classmates remembering those
whose eternity came early
thinking of them as they were
and as they would never be

then, the D.J. plays on.

The night is young.