Title: Gates

Author: Geoff Cochrane

In: Sport 13 Spring 1994

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, October 1994

Part of: Sport

Keywords: Verse Literature

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Sport 13 Spring 1994



I meet him on a corner
in a light that hints at spangles.
I learn he has AIDS.
And yes, he has the gauntness
of the photographs, the greying hair.
‘I’m thinking,’ he says, ‘of throwing
a going-away party.’

A dozen years ago
I might have known his address.
Coming home I pass
an entrance to apartments
where the elderly keep cats,
a fountain dribbles braids
and fallen blooms rust gravel.