Poetry of Love, Resistance, & Solidarity

You would do anything to avoid that

You just want one more day with dad

Watching Turner Classics together

Talking about the old days

Talking about Canada

Talking about the Union Pacific Railroad

Talking about being broke and on the road with the band

Talking about mother

Gone almost ten years

He still misses her

“I would be so glad if she

Just walked through that door, son”

The next movie

Brings him back to his early

Teens when he was an usher

In one of those grand movie palaces

In Calgary

He begins to gets away from me

Walking toward the screen

In his majestic

Almost military uniform

He disappears from the


He is gone

Nobody wants to write an elegy

You would do anything to avoid that

Everybody wants just one more day

— William J. Harris

William J. Harris has published two books of poems, Hey Fella Would You Mind Holding This Piano a Moment and In My Own Dark Way, a chapbook, “Domande Personali/Personal Questions” and individual poems in more than fifty anthologies of poetry. Currently he is interim Director of the MFA in the KU English Department.


Comments on: "85. Nobody Wants to Write An Elegy" (1)

  1. Rick Nichols said:

    I can readily identify with this poem, having lost Dad barely two months ago and still wishing I could have just one more day with him. A delightful piece filled with loving thoughts and wonderful sentiments.

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