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     Excerpt - Still Life with Buddy

Once Upon a Time

Buddy wore a watch
with no hour hand
no minute hand
just a second
hand that swept
round and round
his wrist endlessly.
When I said to Buddy,
"What time is it?"
he always answered, "Now."
Once a beautiful stranger
stopped him on the street
and asked, "Do you
have the time?"
Buddy stretched his arms wide
smiled that smile
"I have all the time
in the world."

I remember the day
Buddy's arm shrank
for all time
and I watched
eternity slip from
his wrist forever

©1997 Lesléa Newman

Vital Signs

Rest Area
Quiet Zone
No Standing
Blind Drive
Departures Only
Rough Road Ahead
One Way
Ticketed Passengers Only
No Baggage Beyond This Point
Road Narrows
Stay In Lane
Last Exit
No U-Turn
Wooded Area
Light Ahead
Densely Populated
Children At Play
Shoulder Disappears
Dead End

Reviews - Still Life with Buddy

"This incredibly unique book should be read by everyone. It is a book for all libraries, especially school and public libraries. It should be required reading for all high school teens who find themselves invincible and think they will never die." --AIDS Book Review Journal, University of Illinois at Chicago

"...a virtuoso performance of haiku, sonnets, odes, koans, epistles, epigraphs, list-poems, a pantoum, and more types of lyric poems than I recognized.""
--Art & Understanding: The International Magazine of Literature and Art About AIDS

"Still Life with Buddy is a beautiful and loving story of friendship, one that I will never forget, nor I suspect will you." --Bay Area Reporter

"One of the most extraordinary short works you will ever read. Newman manages to capture almost every emotion imaginable and through poems of varying lengths, she evokes laughter and amusement as often as a deep, still sadness and grief."
--Bay Windows

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