Dogs 2013

9AM VIEWING
(10/4/13)


an open
casket
service
for my grandfather
convinced my
mother
to be cremated

she was

two years
later

I think
of her now
as I stare
down
at the mortal
remains
of my grandmother

her skin
fairly smooth
with a yellowish
hue
highlighted
by a closed-lipped
Mona Lisa
resignation

where
are her wrinkles?

her weathered
complexion?

her crooked
smile
showing
crooked teeth?

this
is not
my grandma

but I
say goodbye
anyway

keeping my
Cremation Society card
very close

and very
closed