Threnody for Camilla

by Richard King Perkins II

Dear Camilla,

I can feel the presence of your will

the warmth of your distant sounds

in the place where you’ve gone

to be;

a house in the high mist

quiet cobblestone pathways

slowly winding

between temples and colonnades

the taste of wine from the moon-tree.

All the wonders of the unseeable world.

And here I remain.

The dreamer who falls in dreams

and lives on as a whistling sigh;

the sound of swatting flies

on a solid chair in an abstract room.

Sincerely,

The Man I Could Never Be

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.