And, Daddy, you still walk with me in rain,
whisper to me in all weathers. It is just
your bones that rest at Riverside
among the deep green graves,
in the good company of brave who fell
early and those who wore, like you,
their scars tattooed against their hearts
and carried on for years, making
the best of it until their lungs gave out.
— for Kenneth L. Harding
Ricki Mandeville is a cofounder and consulting editor of Moon Tide Press. Her poems have appeared in Comstock Review, Spot Lit, San Pedro River Review, The Smoking Poet, The Raintown Review and other journals. She lives near the ocean in Huntington Beach, California and is the author of A Thin Strand of Lights (Moon Tide Press).