eleven eleven

by Jason Wardell

For two minutes every day I wish
on half-remembered conversations
and hours spent, dictionary between
self and keyboard, playing at poetry
in the presence of poet, I wish for
one more poem, one line, one word,
one parting statement to compensate
for five years without, for memory,
for the chance to make immortal what
was meant to be ephemeral, for the
chance to take a photograph of the stars
and say, this, this here, this is forever.


Author's Note: For Aiko but I guess this is true about a few different things in my life.

Posted on 09/26/2010
Copyright © 2021 Jason Wardell

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by V. Blake on 09/26/10 at 04:48 PM

There's a beautiful melancholy to this, and an intensity to spite its brevity. Well done, man.

Posted by Richard Vince on 09/27/10 at 08:13 PM

as soon as i saw the title of this in the "recently posted" list, i thought of Aiko. :) occasionally i've tried to find her but without success. hopefully she's still illuminating the world somewhere with her words and her self. this is a lovely tribute. :)

Posted by Angie Jenkins on 09/30/10 at 07:42 PM

I know we never comment on each others' stuff, but I love the last two lines of this poem :)

Posted by Ava Blu on 10/05/10 at 01:39 PM

Does forever exist? I remember Aiko.

Posted by Therese Elaine on 10/07/10 at 04:54 AM

Even in mourning the passing of time passed without their presence, even in recognizing that you recollect only a portion of what's past with no less love for the time gone by...you make a memory, create longevity -you write on the sky with the intention behind all of your wishes...and if nothing else, you ensure that you never fade away.

Posted by Anita Mac on 10/08/10 at 11:07 PM

It's amazing what certain peers can do to us, isn't it? This gave me goosebumps and makes me all the more appreciative of my beloved collaborators and friends from pathetic. A touching tribute, thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Posted by Johnny Crimson on 10/19/10 at 04:34 PM

great flow to this.

Posted by Jasmine Sword-Mann on 11/29/10 at 06:13 PM

I also agree, wonderful flow to this. That ending is really killer.

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