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Davidson's List

by James Zealy

The list scrolled slow
Names of blessed spirits
celebrated by a gospel trio
Rites of small town respect

Liquid glycerin trails
Adorn unbelieving cheeks
As faces pale
And red eyes speak

A lecture of denial
Expressionless glassy stares
Reflect on memories and trials
Stiffened postures intered

Emotions rippling on trembling lips
As mothers, brothers, sisters and sons
Aunts, daughters, uncles and in laws slip
slowly past our earnest attempts born

In our efforts to allay
Strangulation by tear oceans
Yet our actions betray
Vain efforts in slow motion

Lips mouthing assertions
That cannot refute sly
Surreal imagery illusions
Of our inability to say goodbye


Author's Note: Davidson Funeral home has an annual event to help the ones left behind say goodbye. I just did not seem that it worked out that way. First posting in a while been to busy to think outside of work.

Posted on 01/09/2008
Copyright © 2021 James Zealy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 01/09/08 at 05:55 AM

I hope you'll give us more stuff in the near future, man. This is great.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/09/08 at 04:28 PM

I like this idea of remembering together. It reminds me of the Dia de Los Muertos - Day of the Dead, celebrated mostly by hispanics with different variations in different countries. There is a combination of tears and humor that I think is helpful.

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