joseph williford colson

Joseph was born June 19, 1909 and died in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1931, he was 21.

drawing by Joseph


Known only to nephews and nieces by one sketch
I sent my mother in a letter once
from Cincinnati where I met my love,
I never thought of them a single time,
nor would they be aborning until when,
a decade later, both my sisters grew
to womanhood and wed. I was long dead,
shot at twenty in a stranger's town
by the husband of a woman I loved.

from Oak and Mimosa by Alan Reynolds