Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Poem for Frank Longley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole.
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul...

William Ernest Henley "Invictus"

(for Frank Longley)

The first thing I noticed about him
Were his arms, big muscled, hairy
Arms digging through boxes of office files.
Not the kind of job you'd expect
A man like him to have.
After all, he played All-State football,
Ran with the bulls in Spain,
Sailed a home-made raft
Down the Mississippi to New Orleans,
Been 'around the world and back.
But at 50 he decided to marry,
Have a child, which he would worship,
And become a bureaucrat, but not really.
Like the old sea captain, whose picture
Hung proudly on his office wall,
He was captain of his own ship,
Unafraid of the darkness that waits for

Danny O'Bryan

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