A Year Past© By J.D. Adrian I waited the week for The next email or call Giving me The dreaded news. And when it came Came also the tears, relentlessly Crying out to the universe Our hearts are broken. He called me yesterday Making sure I was okay He said I love you and I’ll see you later Though we both knew The latter was not true. Hospice so final Nurses coming and going Wife and children Weeping and knowing It would soon be over. Best friend and Brother’s unselfish devotion His presence so steady His love and emotion Unending. I cannot reconcile His most wicked indulgence Vanilla ice cream Against gun shooting monsters Still damning the Earth. I feel his presence And hear his words Always the teacher, Kind, joking, laughing. A year has past He is at peace As am I.