a name that had ceased to be used
more than old-fashioned, a decade later
A quiet boy in a noisy world :
hard labour and strong language.
Thin and balletic
a dancer at a shot-put meeting
or wrestling ring.
Half my age – exactly
11 and 22
perhaps symmetry grappled attention.
Many years later I learned he
had the love of many
had, had many lovers
and was a poet. I shouldn’t have been surprised.