Remembrances Observed

By Ann Applegarth - Roswell, New Mexico, USA - 27 August 2015



I think I'll sleep

in Pioneer Cemetery

next December

in a parka from

St. Vinnie's and a

down bag from REI --

brown to match the earth,

lest I be detected by

those I come to watch:

blue-eyed children wearing

love-knit sweaters of crimson

and holly green with star motifs

outlined in thread of silver.


Just once I want to

see the family come,

see smiles and wreaths,

the small tree clutched

in chubby hands.

Just once I want to

hear the father

tell again the tales of

those too dear to ever die.