My storyteller

by Mark

Your voice is in
everything I read.
Planting plots
with wild orchids
Curating settings.
Characters lives
lifted through
your tongues
various movements
musing them alive
for me to embrace
as my friends on
the park bench.
I sense it all
with you beside
me; keeping me
from losing the way.
How I wish you
actually stayed
for the turn
of that last page.

-Mark J