Derek R. Audette

Rookie (June 16th,1971 / Hull, Quebec, Canada)

Where's Natalie?

Poem by Derek R. Audette

Where’s Natalie?

Natalie’s dead.
She died of some liver disease
when she was
about five years old.
I knew her when I was a child

Where’s Rickey?

Rickey’s dead.
A large concrete cylinder fell on him
when he was
about ten years old.
I knew him when I was a child

Where’s Kane?

Kane’s dead;
killed in a motorcycle accident
when he was
about sixteen years old.
I went to high-school with him.

Where’s ‘Cheeks’?

'Cheeks' is dead;
Also killed in a motorcycle accident
when he was
about twenty years old.
I knew him when I was a young man.

Is that it?

Nope.
Not by a long shot.
There have been others,
many others.

Then,
Where are you?

I’m still here,
for now...

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 22, 2004