FOR C.A. WILES

FOR C.A. WILES

As I was saying to C.A. the other day

Well actually I wasn’t
but wished I would have been
If I had known he was dying any day

I would have said

You are my twice removed
and now about to be removed
connection with Buffalo Bill
where your father worked
the Wild West Show

I made note of it in a poem you might recall

And I would have said

I want you to know I am as proud
to have shaken your hand as his

And I would have said

You are a prince among men
and among princes

For, though Shakespeare
may not have foretold it
there may be as many
in Texas as in Denmark

I would have said all that
or met and not said it at all

And yet C.A.
if you and I should meet
some ghost lit night

as you step down
from your ghost rider rounds
to ponder your own
sweet moon blanched skull
as a princely poet just might do

I would say I’m sure along with you
and every poet here

Alas poor Yorick
we did not know you well

We did not know you well enough