by Barrie Neller
Being dropped off at boarding school
helped prepare me for evacuation,
conscription and emigration. Nothing
prepared me for your going off to Long
Island after our forty-four year relation-
ship. On a trip to London when you met
my mother, you told me we came from
the same womb. We'd finished each
other's sentences from the day we met
and you hired me to be your boss.
I thought you one of the most original
minds I'd ever met. You thought me
a good copywriter. Our clients thought
we made a great team. When we retired
you left the Texas you loved to be near
your daughter.Someone I always thought
cared too little for you. When your cancer
returned you made another decision - now
I need you to finish this sentence -
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