Epitaph For JayEpitaph For Jay by Bark
There were seven days of darkness before you left
I didn't know that it was a sign
I kept thinking about death
Assuming I was thinking about mine
I wish I'd been right
Now you're lodged in the back of my throat
I can't cough you up to mourn
I curse god with every breath
I remember when you were born
and wonder why
Your tags are left behind everywhere, train tracks
with an arrow pointing forward
With that Celtic-looking spelling of "eclipse"
You eclipsed the sun and the moon, the stars went black
maybe they'll never come back
You lived life ferociously, on your own terms
You were never good at obeying the rules
But, tortured soul, you lived as best you could
Who else can truly say that?
Did you know how much you were loved?
I eat, I drink, I sleep somehow upon an earth that has crumbled
Under a sky with no stars and no chance
to hear your voice on the phone
Telling me you're finally coming home
There is no healing, only perseverance.
FirefliesWe kept cicadas and caterpillars in mason jars, but never fireflies. My brother still has a cicada from three years ago, sleeping away under the lid. Grandpa says it'll stay that way for 17 years like all cicadas do, and it's okay to keep them safe.Fireflies by SilverInkblot
But we don't catch fireflies; they don't live that long. They say light travels faster than anything, but our bugs are fat lazy things that travel nowhere in a big zigzag. The tall grass lights up with tiny little flashes every night all summer long and all is dark not two months later, but for the time being they don't even know they're dying.
Losing and keepingLosing and keeping by RichardLeach
I picked my car up like a toy
and tossed it in the sea.
If I ever need a ride
I know where it will be.
A creature with a fearsome beak
was standing on the beach.
I was not scared, I simply thought
I should stay out of reach.
I heard a seagull cry for help
and got there just in time.
Are thin white men with crewcuts
always prone to crime?
I made an apple float but then
I could not get it down.
I started to feel hungry,
so I went to town.
The apple floated clean away,
I never got it back.
Some guy on a roof, I think,
ate it for a snack.