for Simon Perchik (1923 – 2022)

In the blank is dark
the page stays empty

shared laughs and sage
advice you tortured me

on your relentless search
for love enduring.

Susan Tepper is a twenty year writer and author of nine published books of fiction and poetry. Currently, she is in the pre-production phase of an Off-Broadway play titled ‘The Crooked Heart’ about artist Jackson Pollock in his later years.