Sunday, April 15, 2007

NaPoWriMo 13

(This poem I started before my trip to NYC. While I certainly was influenced by the events of the day, this piece is not directly about my friend’s funeral.)


Thoughts Before the Internment

No one ever takes pictures at a funeral.
Sure, we take pictures at weddings or births
but never the very end of life.

Why would we not want to preserve this moment?
Is it really so terrible to capture the eyes soaked in grief,
the fingers wrapped around snot-soaked tissues?

For the deceased, it may be the best they’ve ever looked.
Long after the internment, we can look back on the departed
at rest, with his rosy cheeks and plump lips, flush,

as if just exiting a roller coaster ride,
the big scream captured after the denouement—
the last photo at the end of the line.

And for the mourners, when the loss shrinks to a dull ache,
we may pick up that glossy image and, for a second,
mistake our own sorrow for tears of joy.

3 comments:

Leila said...

nice, very poignant and thoughtful. you'll tighten it up one day, but for now it works. hope you're well.

bostonerin said...

The first two stanzas of this one gave me goosebumps.

Becoming Amethyst said...

January, this poem made me gasp because it is so close to the thoughts and poem I wrote following the funeral I went to last week.

So sorry to hear of your loss.

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