Although our lives bisected segments of present
and an oblique angle of past
I didn’t know Robert well.
Only the basic stats
mathematics student – well above average
head boy at high school
a steady girlfriend when young men were promiscuous
or wanting to be.
Claire was her name
about the future.
Life after study.
I hadn’t seen him for a year
we were both at the same cycle shop
both buying parts
me for repairs
he for a trip to the United States.
Six weeks in the Austral winter
pedalling the Pacific Northwest
envy expressed itself
my last chance he said
said opportunity would cease after this.
Presumption asked when was the wedding
No. Not getting married
going to seminary
to study for the priesthood.