Good to Hear Your Voice

Did he come to a good end?

What would be a good end?

Not a generous one …

That would have been a house,

an Eichler split-level

like the one he repudiated;

a wife like the girls

he described, stoned, at length,

who had shot him down; let’s throw in

at least two kids now setting up

their second firms.

Perhaps at the end he would have called me,

but why? He wouldn’t be in twelve-step,

and had no need to make amends.

I hope it wasn’t

in the same room near the airport,

the same clothes calcifying

under worse, the unfinished sketch.

I’ll never know, unless one day I hear

from the police: he had

and now they have

my number.

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Triin Paja

Frederick Pollack is the author of The Adventure (Story Line Press, 1986; to be reissued by Red Hen Press) and Happiness (Story Line Press, 1998), A Poverty of Words (Prolific Press, 2015), and Landscape with Mutant (Smokestack Books, 2018). Pollack’s work has appeared in Hudson Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Manhattan Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Main Street Rag, Miramar, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Poetry Quarterly Review, Magma (UK), Neon (UK), Orbis (UK), Armarolla, December, and elsewhere. Online, his poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Diagram, BlazeVox, Mudlark, Occupoetry, Faircloth Review, Triggerfish, Big Pond Rumours (Canada), Misfit, Otis Nebula (2016) and elsewhere.