ELEGY FOR SUSAN T DIENER
We both graduated from Shaker Heights High School
class of 64
Her father was deep voiced Stanley, mom was Blanche
Tragedy had struck before her birth
a son was killed by kidney failure.
Susan tried hard to replace the son. A relative Joan Diener
sang in Man of La Mancha. She and I batted tennis balls
at Byron Junior High, gorgeous back then with a swimming pool
The obit says she worked at odd jobs, a nanny, dog walker,
and attended various colleges but always dropped out
WHO WERE YOU, Susan Diener, the last time I saw you was at
Dad's funeral at Uncle Marv's house. Confusion stalked you
and I could not make out who you were.
Not all stories end unhappily.
This one did. Except for the ones
who loved her, and I certainly did.
Susan T Diener.
I spoke to your nephew who finally called.
You ended your days with painful
Hope they gave you morphine so you could
succeed, finally finally,
in your many failures.