The Empty Chair

I got a phone call today from an old friend. It turns out that an ex of mine is in the hospital and isn’t going to make it. I haven’t seen him in years, but we have kept in contact a bit through Facebook, just enough to argue occasionally about relatively stupid things.

I mentioned to her that I’d be down in the area in a few weeks, but he isn’t going to last that long.

I’m a little shocked about this whole situation, but I’m glad that she had the presence of mind to let me know.

In his honor:

The Empty Chair
Eulogy for a Gamer

There is an empty chair,
at the table this day.
A hallowed place where,
a friend once played.
The roll of his dice,
my ears long to hear.
Or perhaps it would suffice,
if he should suddenly appear.
With character sheet in hand,
and a bag of Cheeze-doodles to share.
All his friends would stand,
as he sat in the empty chair.
I hear his voice a-callin’,
and it ties my heart in a knot.
For he cries, “Though a comrade has fallen,
You must play for those who cannot.”
We conquered worlds on the run,
he and I in the name of fun.
And as others may come and go,
I make both both friend and foe.
But what I long for most,
is our past now long a ghost.

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