October’s End

Now the dead
and dying
are all around.

The earth
grows colder,
darkness arrives
early and lasts late
into the dawn.
Dreams deepen.

Recently I have heard
of deaths—a friend
I knew for twenty years,
the fathers of two other friends,
a writer whose vision
stirred me once
and still does.

A high school buddy
I have not seen
in decades called me
saying we should have
a reunion of
a once special circle of friends –
get all of us together
who were together then,
who knew each other.

I would like that –
to see and laugh again
with those who knew each other
once and are still here.