(April 9, 2018)

It's been a year
since we lost you.
Some would argue longer,
since the day
you handed the keys
to the just man and the wolf
who would proclaim you
guile in name
as well as in deed.

I waited thirty years
for the door to open,
to see the legend
and hear the magic
without dissipation
or disappointment.

I would hold a feast
in your honor
on Monkey Island
and the Big M
should lead the toast.

Farewell, John.
I don't know
how they found you;
maybe armed,
with a bottle
of rage or sadness,
but I hope you found
warmth and heaven
amidst the ghosts
of Chicago,
the Kings and heroes
of your youth,
as you were a hero to me.


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