What we owe each other
The vacated bed where his body lies
lifeless makes us wild. Wails echo
in the empty room. Human remains
unravel as fragments of undone tasks
swallow what meager breath we sustain.
In this, Jesus was wrong. The dead cannot
take up the shovel. World goes on without
them, or perhaps even the world dies,
that is not for us to know. So be at peace.
We will not leave you to bury your dead alone.
My chapbook, dedicated to Jon Greenberg, is now available on Amazon. The cover is a photo taken by Thomas McGovern at Jon’s funeral and I have used some of Jon’s journal entries written during 1992.