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burgundy carpet
heads down
make-up runs
like wax from black candles

did you see the sunlight
coming in the window
when you said father?
did you see the sunlight
when you spoke of his hands?

procession
turn on your bright lights
we centipede down the 11 A.M. highway
a black bird contrasts the blue sky
a smear of ink
a tattered rag
the last ash from a burning book

cemetary
patchy grass waiting for spring
plastic flowers waiting for what?
to be thrown away

turn on your bright lights
I shall not want

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I'm very ape and very nice


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The following comments are for "funeral"
by Joe Quinn

amazing
joe, i am awed by this piece. clean and sharp, your usual lack of bullshit. absolutely to the point and image-rich.

i just love the use of centipede as a verb. nicely done. and the sunlight, and the hands. paints a very clear picture, freezes in my mind.

one thing:

plastic flowers waiting for what?
to be thrown away

the question seems to weaken it somewhat. maybe

plastic flowers waiting
to be thrown away

great repetition of "turn on your bright lights", too. liking your style a lot. give us more!

ark

( Posted by: ark [Member] On: March 24, 2004 )

psalm 23, pen
that's the second line of psalm 23; is this reference right, joe? the lord is my shepherd; i shall not want. biblical. often read at funerals.

( Posted by: ark [Member] On: March 25, 2004 )





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