To His Journal

Find a tender archivist.
Bury yourself in the driest air,
the kindest light; steer clear
of auctions and jealous wives.

Fall open on flattering days.
Flaunt his finest lines;
offer context for his faults.
Recall his music.

Brace yourself for change.
Accommodate workshops; he'll settle
somewhere comfortable. Begrudge
him entries in transit.

Remember and forgive me
when we meet as strangers.

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