the Globe and Mail

does good obits

fifteen minutes can

stretch a hundred years


a builder’s builder

a caregiver’s caregiver

a philanthropist failed

to give it all away


the guy on the corner

didn’t make it

sold fewer papers

for thirty-two years


Don, I think,

or maybe John

was always there

so I’m writing this.


Richard Toth lives in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada. He has won prizes from The Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick and The Ontario Poetry Society. His work has appeared in a number of print literary journals and is online at The Feathertale Review, blue skies poetry, The Oral Tradition, Stanley The Whale, The Red River Review, Anthropomorphic Dreams, and is upcoming at Maybe 40 Below. “A Kind of Love Story, With Incursions by the Writer,” a novel, was published by wolfonwater in 2012.