To RD Caughron

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Echo Of A Friend

In Memory of RD Caughron

Goodbye big heart, big man
big laugh, spittle and all,
filling our dining room
waking our baby Alanna
dropping the jaws of the unacquainted.
Good for you
Whale of a man!

I want to hear
your laugh again,
a mighty echo round the peaks.
I imagine it from your last perch
locked beyond and above us.

Buried in the heart of Makalu,
your love affairs with the mountains
are over.
You knew her kiss
might kill you.
Still you went,
and didn’t leave
in her stormy spell.

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