Bestfriend


by


Diane O'Neill


 

"May the Force be with you"

My before-every-Bulls-game blessing

A good luck ritual

Like before-test pizza with son

 

Those before-Bulls-game phone calls

Does Jennie remember, in heaven?

Just like pizza-before-tests with my son

Joyful prayers for victory maybe

 

Does Jennie remember?

Her "I'm always there for you" love

Joyful prayers for victory maybe

Her "You're late!" meant "I missed you"

 

Her "I'm always there for you" friendship

Stronger than her bones that smashed, falling, falling

Her "You're late!" meant "I missed you"

I search, search the floor for Hershey wrapper kisses

 

Stronger than her bones, smashed in fall

Her mother and I weep together, coffee and mostaccioli

I search, search the floor for Hershey kiss wrappers

A message her spirit sings somewhere?

 

Her mother and I weep together, coffee and mostaccioli

Jennie, your mom calls me daughter

We pray your spirit sings somewhere

Cheering celestial teams

 

Her mom calls me daughter, call my son her grandson

Jennie's last words, "I love you," "I'll talk to you tomorrow."

She is with God now

The Force is with her.



BIO:

Five of my autobiographical essays have been published, including one as an op-ed in The Chicago Tribune. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing with distinction from National University, and I am employed as a curriculum designer and writer. In addition, I earned a certificate of completion for the University of Iowa's "How Writer's Write Poetry 2015"; one poem that I wrote is in the 2015 Lit Issue of the South Side Weekly.