The craziest person I ever knew… by Cherise Gerrish

The craziest person I ever knew…
packed his meager necessities, 
closed the door behind him, 
walked away from joy, 
drove beyond grief, 
pitched a tent beside chili peppers, 
bathed in the sunshine and a rain barrel,
drank beer with the widowers, 
laughed with the children, 
painted his name on the desert sky, 
until 
his freed spirit was strong enough 
to nest in a new lover’s arms 
before he died.