Gabriel Manfred Aris (b. 25 March 1925 d. 30 January 2000)

In the car it crept up on
                            me
smarted 
like the pang of mortality.  

Did Granddad leave
                a note?
    I wanted to ask.

But I could taste the pause
bitter 
rolled it around on my tongue
                               waited

as long as that ferry 
                              crossing 
                                  at 15
from the Hook of Holland 
to Harwich.

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