Shadows of memories, flashes
of recognition. You used
to wear short trousers and a cap
of brotherly importance. There was marching
to be done. You taught me the rudiments
of boyish warfare. There were your
friends, the iced-over pond, and skis
to be waxed. I waited on the milestone
by the big pear tree until a black dot
at the horizon materialized and became
my big brother who swung me
until I was dizzy.

You have disappeared behind
a curtain of blacker than black
and even your face is dimming.

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Rose Mary Boehm

Rose Mary Boehm

A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm lives and works in Lima, Peru. Author of TANGENTS, a poetry collection published in the UK in 2010/2011, her recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a good two dozen US poetry reviews (online and print).
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