Today I would have called you to say Happy Birthday
you’d have asked me out of which sewer I’d climbed
We’d make a little small talk and then
I’d tell you that “I love you”
and the words would catch in your throat
You’d cough a little
I’d smile on the other side of the telephone line
through my tears
and you’d manage to say
‘Love you’ and offer a hasty goodbye
and that was enough for me.
You’re gone but not forgotten
The world is not the same without you in it and the gaping
hole in my heart not yet healed.
I love you Nick.
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