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GIN'S COMPANIONSHIP

   Gin's pincers
   Held his hand
   Steady enough
   For him to grip
   The litter her lips
   Scattered on
   His wheelchair.

   Alone in his double locked room, 
   He hoped there was
   No way out, for if
   He went outside
   He would find her,
   Her high cheek bonds
   Being kissed
   By old bells and young men.

- Duane Locke

to Duane    to Moongate


painting by Edy Lou Benjamin