Coda: Friendship Is This by James Diaz


everything ends with me
but not in you
we are two trees with movable roots
how can that be
because I love you
and want sunlight
in all of the places you have for so long had only rain
because my ending is my ending
but your beginning
oh my friend, it is beautiful
maybe not the pain
but the after-storm
the highway cleared and you drive for hours safely
and on the radio
that song playing
is me
maybe it’s no one at all
you showed me your poems and I fell in love with what survived
I knew it instantly
like a map of my own heart
no, this one was yours
it is true
I am ending
you are beginning
I am loving all that you have sung to me here
between us a song so sweet
in a land so over cast – how many starlings were there –
but memory works in future cast also
this is what I meant to say
you’re blooming reminds me of me
ending’s forget their own language here
and sometimes, sometimes – they too begin
the light is on in someone’s hills
there is no weeping / no heart’s breaking
there is time
there is only time
for everything.


©2019 James Diaz


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Bio: James Diaz is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger (2018) Indolent Books. In 2016 he founded the online literary arts and music journal Anti-Heroin Chic to provide a platform for often unheard voices, including those struggling with addiction, mental illness and Prison/confinement. His work has appeared in Occulum, Bone & Ink Press, Moonchild Magazine, Memoir Mix-Tapes and Drunk Monkeys. He resides in upstate New York, in between balanced rocks and horse farms. He has never believed in anything as strongly as he does the power of poetry to help heal a shattered life.

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