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November 19, 2019

As Mrs. Burns is slouching in her urn
I suppose you'd say she'd like to be at peace
although Joanna hasn't managed to reserve
a plot. The mortgage fails. The debts increase:
the unpaid bills are clawing at the door
while this old lady's straining to retreat
among the mottled stone, this maidenhair.


Mrs. Burns's ghost is not some spectral form
it's just a TalkTalk person in pursuit
or her Facebook account, a newly-born
so she could see her grandchildren in bloom.
Now they are with her “legacy,” alone
and now they wonder what they have to do
to be at rest among the mottled stone.


Published November 16, 2019 on the Ancient Paths Facebook page.
2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee

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