Somewhere Gentle Man

Photo: The Lonely Sky, Unmesh (CC BY SA 3.0)

Photo: The Lonely Sky, Unmesh (CC BY SA 3.0)


Gentle memories:

A smile,

A laugh,


Voice of your life.


Chance as natural as breath

Allowed our paths to cross,

And a few gentle words

Were always enough to keep us connected

Until the next random meeting.


Today chances evade me

And I grasp for just one more.

Through overgrown landscapes

I search,

But I can’t find you.


A long exhale

Tips the gentle balance of chance

And drifts into our random places.

Our continuous conversation

Fades into silence.


Following the echoes of our crossing

I can only think about the randomness

Of our gentle moments,

The chances given to us to share

In the simplicity of life’s humors.


I inhale, holding my breath to respond.

And when I can’t hold it any longer,

I reluctantly accept that memories are just placeholders

Until I breathe another chance with you,

Somewhere gentle man.



In memory of my gentle friend, Mike Insidioso.



3 Comments to “Somewhere Gentle Man”

  1. I cannot put into words how touching and how beautifully written for Mike. How stunning a poem. Mike was a gentle soul and I will always keep him in my heart. For once you love, it is yours to keep.

    • Thanks for reading this poem and for the kind words Donny. His loss is profound and compelled me to find words, moments to describe the friendship we had. I hope the poem brings you the same comfort.

      • My name is Donny I dated Mike in 2000. I moved from Ptown to Costa Mesa to be with him. Our relationship was tumultuous at times and I left after a year and a half. I never loved someone with the ferocity that I loved Mike. I have a box of at least 250 pictures of us. I kept every card and trinket he gave me. When I heard of his death I felt horrible. Horrible for never making amends. I would love to print out your amazing poem and frame it. With your blessing. if not I would understand. Thanks. Donny

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