Blues For Gilbert

I’ll say it (if no
one else will) Kaddish in
memoriam for
a grifter no exemplary Maimonides
descending Fire
Island graduate effusing a tin pan palette

I’ll say it again (if no
one else will) Kaddish for
a racetrack alley
sheen complected edge-of-belly
knuckle splitting
tonic snuff of Francis’s coo’s angular doo

I’ll say it (if no
one else will) Kaddish for
a heedless court star
Crown Royal box-top malingerer
inviolate consti-
tuency upsetting stairwell aftershave sense

I’ll say it again (if
no one else will) Kaddish for
my unlucky soft
stack OTB Chatham Square confetti
hall-torch gas-
furnishing homestretched story’s last call