For Brandt

I liked him immediately.                                

Refreshingly bombastic

In a world more and more inclined

To velleities, you always knew

                                    Where Brandt stood.

                                    That first time it seemed we were

                                    Picking up the thread of a conversation

                                    We’d been having our whole lives

                                    And couldn’t wait to continue;

                                    Midstream I felt I needed to say something

                                    If only to acknowledge I was listening

                                    But realized it wasn’t necessary

                                    That I was content to hear him out,

                                    That I enjoyed merely being in the same space as he,

                                    That though he knew many things I didn’t,

And we were complementary minds,

There was never any need to get in the last word,

Which was a blessing, because

I never said goodbye,

Knowing we’d pick right up where we let off 

When next we see each other.

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I'm a librarian living near NYC, have had several poems and stories, as well nonfiction published in various ezines. I've finally broken through in print as my novel "Where Do the Children Play?" a story based on true events concerning the kidnapping and drowning of a young boy, was published by Black Rose Writing last October. They are also publishing my second novel, "In Elysian Fields," a love story between a baseball player and a poet, due out July 4 of this year.

3 thoughts on “For Brandt”

  1. I really like this poem, Tom. Also, I just recently read In Elysian Fields and truly enjoyed it. It took me back to when I was reading the sports pages in The Oregonian when I was in grade school, following the box scores, listening to games on the radio. (We didn’t have a TV until I was 12). I appreciate your subtle homage to the greats of the past in your player and stadium names.

    Wishing you all the best ahead. Tom Manning



    1. Thanks a lot Tom for reading it. You got exactly what I was going for. Just finished another one I’m trying to get published. Your support means so much to me and I, too, wish you all the best.


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