in the stairwell--
First guess: belated birthday card.
An invitation ensues
and the falling.
Postage paid envelope. Nice touch
like a cruel joke, strategically timed.
Picking up the papers
demands a second glance.
A cousin's marriage. Relief.
They share the same first name.
The last one came close.
A has-been hangs up his holsters
and waits for a candle to ring
but she's forgotten.
"The Road to the Dark Tower" by Bev Vincent.