Rains move in from the north
and somewhere in my home town
someone is playing the final trumpet.
This planet has taken about as much abuse
from human hands as it can fathom, I'm afraid.
If you place a penny on the cool bent steel of
railroad tracks, it is only a matter of time
before the thing is heated and flattened.
In the end you will have a neat looking souvenir
and only be a penny the lesser. All my suffering
has led me to this. To be a mortal thing,
one must shine in some brief and unmistakable way.
Like glimpses of daylight receding across a puddle.
The last funeral I attended was for a soldier.
Tears and tears and tears and yet we still allow
rich and greedy men to keep sending our brothers
and sisters back home in closed coffins. I listen to the
pitter patter of water against concrete blocks, a motorcycle
in the distance, probably a Honda, faintness of birdcall—
love is in the air now—I'm remembering the last time
I made love: we were too exhausted for fucking
so we laid on our backs in bed, hand in hand, reading our
thoughts to each other. For a long time, it became
quiet and we laid next to one another in the silence of night,
I would squeeze my left hand, she would squeeze her right hand
in intervals to keep each other awake to the moment.
We went on like that for hours, and woke up the next day
hand in hand. The rain has stopped. Smoke pirouettes
from my exhales, a lit cigarette, like a lantern surrounded
by a phalanx of black crows gathering in droves, a reminding
of the truth: darkness surrounds us and we don't even know it,
the weight of the world.
© 2022 Daniel Cyran