AT 82

                                                   For Heathcote Williams on what would have been his birthday                                                   
                                                                                                 on November 15



At 82 those graced hands would have had a touch
More curvature to them; perhaps a tad claw-like,

And marked by a pen’s callouses, as you scribbled on,
Intent to engage generations with journalistic revelations

And word inferred palaces in which you still reside
Albeit somewhere other than Oxford; some stellar

Locale, no doubt secret but known to Shelley of course,
And Marlowe. Not forgetting Burroughs and Beilles

And each bristling kiss gobbed by Ginsberg,
As each great poet prances, prosody preens to bestow

Glory to the stars, and from the stars
Through each sentence that you gave and gifted.

I will read you again on Wednesday. As I do everyday.
Rarely does one go by with no Williams. I touch

Your text at the table at which I have sat to scribe this.
And imagine the spot you now ink with a stain

That’s pure spirit as I recall from death,
The skin’s celebration. For the former flesh, then

More feeling. Happy birthday, H.
Here’s your kiss.



                                                                            David Erdos 10/11/23




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One Response to AT 82

    1. Probably the greatest writer of my era.

      Comment by Tom on 17 November, 2023 at 1:32 pm

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