After air,
only darkness is free.

The police had spotlights
on the body, a plain white sheet
covering less than planned &
the blood was a gloss to burn fire engines.

The television people were there &
the official lighting was a blessing because
there was a truth to talk about.

Diana was buried tonight
Mother Theresa & this
just support acts
but pulse lost
just as firmly.

Death shrinks
but him
in young-guy clothes on Saturday night
fits the young guy victim profile
like 501s & attitude footwear.

He was my first
& deserves more distinction than that.

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