And He Was So Young

(for Billey)

And he was
—so!—young when
First I met
Him, on the
Edge of seven-
Teen, alone.
Don’t worry
About the
Money, I
Said, when he
Realized I,
Too, needed
Help with my
Self. Maybe
The last thing
I taught him
Was that he
Could, indeed,
Be at least
As strong as
I am.

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