I knew you – really knew you – late
Which I suppose conventional wisdom
Would say is better than never.
And in this case, conventional
Wisdom is wise indeed.
The sages mingle with the masses
And with one voice speak truth- conventional, cliché, clear:
“Better late than never.”
Let it be written in the clouds
Let it be recorded on the limestone
Around which we scatter you.
(For Curtis Edward Joiner, Jr. 1946-2016)