Charlene

On paper,
you were from a different time.
On TV,
you were a neighbour.
On film,
you were the motivational partner
of a scrappy American fighter
tangled in his family’s concerns.
On radio,
you were the one
who had never been to you.
On that day,
you were the umbrella in a storm
until the sun let us see our world.

© Carl Burkitt 2020

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