Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Connie Post: How to Sort the Living from the Dead

Forget all the nonsense
about eyes opened or closed
or breathing 
or brain waves
 
Ignore the sallow skin
the pulse
or even the way
they stare back at you
 
find the place 
where the hands 
are swollen with regret
 
find the place where
silence is the chest bone
 
find the dental imprints
of a life not eaten
 
find the eulogy
that is transfixed
in your dust bound bones
 
find the small minutes
where each of us
wander through
a fractured room
 
remember how to
immerse your amnesia
in embalming fluid
 
teach yourself
how to leave a body
and then 
how to return 

Copyright 2020 Connie Post. First published in RiverSedge.

From Prime Meridian by Connie Post, published in 2020 by Glass Lyre Press.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Enter your email address to follow Vox Populi and receive new posts by email.

Join 11,331 other followers

Blog Stats

  • 3,954,244 hits

Archives

%d bloggers like this: