poor man’s wake
she’s forced to eat dirty crumbs off a
table where people have mourned
and she’ll suddenly remember what her first conversations with him were like,
and how he made a great impression,
showing off his words like toys,
smiles like remember-later momentos, the hidden interest like a skiddish moth
and how the progression of events was not
what she had hoped or thought.
the people have all already gone
their clothes strewn about like some strange
only their memoried loss
nothing on the interior
the people are still dead to the grounds they are in only.
the house is empty
at this nonexistant party
your own kin
sings like him,
and looks a bit
it was long over
by the time
someone was dead.
it was long over when
you longed for somebody
that looked like him.
Copyright 2016 Golden Star Poetry