(for my friend Sanford)


Love pitches

And slides down

No purchase for a hold

All last moments gone



Are friend sitting beside

Me, sometimes

Walking with me here

And there


You moved so slowly

Through the world

So that love might

Permeate, a message

In itself


Go slowly, the Buddhists

Say—you taught me



A righteous challenge

For those who move

Too fast, a badge

A sign that virtue

Is in rapidity alone


Rather what we do

While on the way

Is what makes the



And the love we leave

While on our way


Where you are

Is good, is right

Is healing, and is



You loved us here

Thank you for that

I cannot say good-bye