Autumn Sky Poetry - Number 3

Burial

It’s not like in the movies:
no expansive green hillside
overlooking a flawless
earth. The sun isn’t
beaming and blood-free.
Voices aren’t in tune.

Truth is, you’ll probably find
yourself in a crowded corner
with others who have left
before you. You’ll feel
the feet of your mourners,
but your home won’t be in dirt.

As for those still here
to tread the windings,
none can know the spaces
in their hearts that will form vacuums—
preserved from frost and coals.
Maybe never to be unsealed.

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Janet Lynn Davis

Janet Lynn Davis lives in Houston, Texas, where she worked for many years as a writer/editor and specialist in the areas of technical publications, communications, and media. She has focused on poetry in recent years. Her free verse and tanka can be found sprinkled throughout the internet and in print.

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"Burial" was previously published in ken*again, fall 2005.

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© 2006 Janet Lynn Davis