Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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Gone and Forgotten

by Ron Larson

Adapted from a story by H. P. Lovecraft

He lived in a city of high walls
Where loneliness covered him like a pall.
He would each night lean out a window
And wonder if it were time to go.

Then one evening he made up his mind.
He thought a quick death would make things fine.
Suddenly, he was no longer there.
He found himself falling through the air.

At the office, he was barely missed.
His replacement gave her boss a kiss.
His room was re-rented in a few days.
Nobody cared that he had gone away.

He had no close family or friends,
So he wasn’t missing in action.
His broken body didn’t cause a stir.
He had fallen into a dumpster.

2018 Ron Larson

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