This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Ghost Moose by Margo Taft Stever, released by Kattywompus Press in 2019.
Instructions for Burial
Dress her in blood stone and
azure silk from Le Printemps.
Let blue springs envelope her.
Let her grow roots—a tree,
pulling water from earth
to bough, branches
training leaves; each
body—each universe smaller—
explained and recanted.
On the evening news, scientists
gather wearing masks; it is not
Halloween. Each holds
a variant explanation.
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