Lou Reed is dead

I heard of Lou Reed’s death sitting
under a shelf with English dictionaries
Nailed under a cheap Man Ray postcard
And random Chinese symbols on the wall

On a facebook screen timeline reaching
to the more than immediate future
in a vain but certainly lucrative quest
as if wearing the attires of a cyber rock star

Ironically enough (for me)
The song playing was I am a dead man
By unknown artist – no capitals
And the house was empty – apart from me
As unexpected

I heard of Lou Reed’s death sitting
In an echo of Seamus Heaney
In an echo of a friend’s unknown relative
In an echo of past things sitting
Very past us

I am very humbled, dear Facebook
By your attention to my every need
But when I sent a message to my girlfriend
reading I want to write a poem about something

I did not ask for such magnitude

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