Poem: “They Won’t Forget Him”

They Won’t Forget Him

You have so few friends anywhere
A man who’s marked with ill-respect,
For some a failure in affairs,
Associates are false, defect

Who wants to know a man of grief
Admired by the stupid poor?
Only some revolting thief
And those who stink of fish, the boors

You’re lower class, invisible
A tomb is not a smart address,
A cross is not presentable
And crucifixion is a mess

But me, my friends surround my bed
They won’t forget me when I’m dead

July 5, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."