Friday, May 02, 2008

Visiting the Graveyard

by Mary Oliver

When I think of death
it is a bright enough city,
and every year more faces there
are familiar

but not a single one
notices me,
though I long for it,
and when they talk together,

which they do
very quietly,
it’s in an unknowable language—
I can catch the tone

but understand not a single word—
and when I open my eyes
there’s the mysterious field, the beautiful trees.
There are the stones.

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