We Honor the Dead

Les Carrires De Paris II (The Quarries of Paris II) by Raymond Lakes
Les Carrires De Paris II (The Quarries of Paris II) by Raymond Lakes

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We Honor the Dead

Lisa Cox

Dump my ashes
In the recycle
Bin
Don’t take
Up any room
With a headstone
For me
A waste of space
Spread my ashes
Along the road
Funerals are
A selfish
Indulgence for
The living
Don’t waste
Money on
A corpse
Funeral homes
Just want money

Harsh words
Jangle in my brain
After a conversation
About how to honor
The dead
No honor among
The living
No history with
Ashes spread every
Which way
Until we choke on
Them
No place to mourn
Mourning is weak
Corpses rise up
And laugh at the
Mourner with
Their cynical dead
Eyes declaring
Your grief selfish
The chain of birth
Life and death
Feels broken when
Death goes unacknowledged
Equated with commercialism
Those left behind
Given no thought
Their connection to
The living who die
Dismissed as nothing,
Someone to spread
Ashes, dump out
Rubbish
We will still mourn
The dead cannot
Stop our grief

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