I’ll always remember you, Devin,
as that surfer guy from down the block
who listened to Black Flag, Dead Kennedys,
and Patti Smith records on high volume
with all your apartment windows wide open,
who smoked a pack of Marlboro Reds daily
and rode a Town & Country thruster,
who conquered waves in Costa Rica,
Jeffreys Bay, and Tahiti before your injury,
who told me one time after paddling out
in a hurricane that you were too fast
to get caught in a current.
I’ll always remember you that way
and not as this stranger two decades later
with track marks on your arms
and skin the color of stormy weather
begging people for change on the curb
in a gas station parking lot
in hopes of just one last ride
as the current slowly pulls
eventually carrying you
back out to the streets.
©2020 Cord Moreski All rights reserved.
Cord Moreski is a poet from New Jersey. His work has been featured in As It Ought To Be Magazine, Alien Buddha Press, Silver Birch Press, Eunoia Review, Rusty Truck Press, and several other publications. He is currently working on a new project for late 2020. You can follow Cord here: https://www.cordmoreski.com