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it sounded like 

a pair of old clichés:

he and his mate

goin´ huntin´ in

the vast Western Desert

when in an instant

of forgetfulness

he blew his pal

into the great oblivion


he wrote a poem

for his friend

inscribed in one more rock

in the desert

which has one person

less to impress

and one more to haunt

from now on


it´s a beautiful poem

that´ll last fairly long

and has been recorded

otherwise as well

so we could leave 

it at that

which is very en vogue 

     having the poem is

all that matters –

yet I can´t keep myself

from inquiring indiscreetly

about the guy

who wrote it.