kinder to be unkind?

saw him the other day

riding that electric buggy

tho’ he got to his feet

say hello shoot the shit

& before too long

we’d got thru’ the news

& he was easing back on board

taking the weight off his shoes

& I remember him best

riding his Hog on the back roads

late at night watching the worms glow

& somebody unkind asking out loud

are you riding with the club just

to get yourself a bigger funeral?

he left soon after that embarrassed

by mention of his later age

& here we are now watching his back

slow driving that buggy wheezing away

thinking is it kinder to be unkind

than to have watched him fail?

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