We tagged him Candle Sticks, Called him that When he was six. Snot oozed down Around his lips. It was one of those taunts That seamlessly sticks.
When he ran in the race, He finished dead last; His pants fell down, Exposing the ***, Of a hometown clown.
Many times I'd see him Standing in the movie line, Taking his aisle seat. Or stocking butter and cheese In the dairy case at Foodland; Or under the bridges, On a bench, watching the freighters Power on to foreign cities; Smiling at the fishermen casting their lines.
I think I saw him cry, In the library, reading the local paper In a secluded carrel.
I heard he walked to the Bridge, And jumped. Candle Sticks. It stuck.