W. H. Auden’s Funeral Blues

  One of my friend’s lost his stepfather today. This year more than one friend had an unexpected death in their family. As I grieve with them I echo the words of Auden, feeling this need to announce losses and pause everything around us. Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog…

Healing Words

 If I could offer some soothing balm If I could promise rest If I could give you words as strong as your lost husband’s arms If I could give you promises like unbreakable chains If I could give you love to blot out his crimes If I could give walls that would never crumble and…

Class Lesson

“He passed away,” “No, say he died” Too blunt The teacher gives us the news I notice his shirt Slowly, quietly “at 2 am, he. . .” Maroon, with light pink “he looked green” A paisley design “after teaching 36 years” A very old looking shirt “math, science, teaching just last week” Very eccentric looking…

In memory

I often think about Claire I say to myself, my little e “Claire” I think these terrible thoughts in Russian accents And hide my sorrow in the shroud of night   I often wonder about death and all her demises What she might use to seduce, confuse, cause suicide I think about my past, my…