Tagged: cremation

they make it look

they make it look
so easy in stories –
the scattering of
ashes over land or
sea, always a
memorable scene.
no one mentions
that there are still
bones to pick
long after hearts
have cooled off
.
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after all that

after all that
burning
and settling
it is duty
to pick the
bones out of
your cooling
ashes and into
your new, marble
skin, feet first.

how were you
able to remain
so still, tickled
by more than
a dozen pairs
of slippery
chopsticks
and after all these
years, i guess
now you
know, my dear
i have never learned
to hold them
correctly
.
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they put you through

they put you through
the incinerator so
fast yesterday
those who were still
standing felt a gusty
sigh
between their fingers
as they reached
out to cleave to that
last goodbye

and you were
that final,
dead knot
at the end of a string
of beads, burnt,
hardened,
securing us
so that we may
never again
come so undone
.
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