He prided himself in being

Mr. Grace Under Fire

in control, cool, calm and collected

exhibiting clear judgment, even humor

while under abnormal stress

and then he found out

his brother’s renal carcinoma was spreading

like the plague from organ to organ

and might even have infested his brain

and he knew he must get to Florida asap

to say his goodbyes

because he’ll soon be gone forever

and his restrained façade went to hell

in a hand basket instantly.




Michael Estabrook is a baby boomer who began getting his poetry published in the late 1980’s. Over the years he has published fifteen poetry chapbooks, his most recent entitled Bouncy House. His interests include history, art, music, theater, opera, and his wife, who just happens to be the most beautiful woman he has ever known.