Thomas W Case

I was young, and living
in Southern California.
I owned life, I had two pet
doves and I was reading
a lot of Dylan Thomas.

I was getting ready to
go to college for Nursing.
20 years old, learning about
assonance and alliteration.
Poetry, and love for the
craft found me...all green
and naive.

On my way out the door,
the phone rang, it was my
brother Ted, he was head of the
biology department at
San Diego State.He told me
in his scientific way that
our oldest brother Todd was
dying of pancreatic cancer,
and asked if I would come and take
care of him.....I said of course.
Ted said as soon as the semester finished
he would be back out.
I drove down the coast sobbing like the fog.
I was to fly out the next morning.
I would stay overnight with my sisters in
Ventura. Ted called at 1 am... Todd had just
died.... Ted told me his last words were,
"Is Tommy coming out? "

  • Author: Thomas W Case (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: January 17th, 2024 15:27
  • Comment from author about the poem: Check out my book, Seedy Town Blues Collected Poems on Amazon.co. On this video, my kitten Bukowski makes a cameo appearance. Lol
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  • Norman Flagtea

    Very well written, Thomas! A very moving poem.
    Isn't life tragic sometimes? And still wonderful...?

    • Thomas W Case

      Yes it is, thanks for the read and comment.

    • Cassie58

      Life can be so unfair. This slice of yours, I found very moving Thomas. Poignant in its reading.

    • Introverted Sage

      Good write
      Some of our toughest times give us strength and stories to tell.
      Thanks for sharing

    • Goldfinch60

      Very emotive write Thomas.


    • orchidee

      A sensitive write T.

    • Tom Dylan

      Such a powerful poem, Thomas. Really moving. Thanks for sharing.

    • John

      Heartbreaking, life-changing moment well expressed....
      Thanks for your words Thomas

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