Liked

by flammeusgladius

Liked

 

 

(for Julie Brumley)

 

 

Did Julie Brumley like my latest verses?
Hey! That’s what Mr. Riley calls success!
For the next hour, I need not load with curses
the clear and breezy air, need not address
my fundamental gripes — which more or less
constitute my sustained philosophy.
Though on with life I be obliged to press,
I can, for right now, do it joyfully.
You’re telling me it can’t last? I agree.
Pretty soon, circumstances will revive
my gloom. When friends and passing strangers see
my face, they’ll ask what’s wrong. “I’m still alive,”
I’ll grunt, tired of the dismal paths I’ve hiked.
For right now, though, I’ve never felt so liked.

 

 

–Tom Riley