Encomium

Published in Ariadne’s Thread 8

I open a biography in Barnardos
of the band I lived and died for
three decades ago
and out falls a photograph-cum-bookmark,
which
spins

down

to the

floor.

I bend to grasp in my fingers
a youth of nineteen no more
in a passenger seat
of what looks like a Ford Capri,
dressed in adulation of Morrissey,
hair side-shaved and pouting
on top like a fountain in Rome.

He gazes uneasily through the windscreen,
a still-life encomium
with I-told-you-so eyes.

‘William’.

So where are you now, ‘William’,
once held fast in time and place
between these pages,
all surety yours,
are you framed

in the passenger seat still?