My book Naked Under My Coat - Writing Under the Influence of Parkinson's was influenced by my experience as an Alberta politician. So it should come as no surprise that I would have written one of the poems in my book about Rod Love.
Rod served as chief of staff to Ralph Klein during Klein's tenure as Mayor of Calgary and Premier of Alberta. My poem, entitled Ralph's Friend, was inspired by a conversation I had with Rod, at Buon Giorno's, shortly after the former Premier's death in 2013, and speaks to the depth of their enduring relationship.
With Rod's sudden death I wonder if Ralph needed him.
Only you know
What part of your heart
When he died
Knowing his eyes would sparkle
I get it
Let’s do it
If there are pens in heaven
Adding a word
Hearing when no one else listens
What we heard today
You have always known
Grief is too inadequate a word
To express all that was lost
He knew the Pharisees' game and the Publican's need
Humble, still choosing a modest chair
And appropriate table
Unlike Abraham, he would offer refreshment