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Charles Joseph

 

Ashes and Tombstones

 

Despite whatever

the witch doctors tell you

a death is never a celebration.

But regardless of what

one does on this earth

a fragment is generally left behind

that someone will carry with them

like a stone or a grain of sand in their boot

that rubs their skin raw enough

to leave an indelible mark

over an indelible mark

that was formed the moment

eyes met eyes or words touched ears

and love was something

that wasn’t discussed but felt

as the hands of clocks raced forward

and the years melted away

only to expose that a galaxy of hellos

can be pulverized to stardust

by one catastrophic good-bye.

So no, despite whatever

the witch doctors tell you

a death is never a celebration.

But honoring a memory

is as close to noble

as most of us

can ever hope to be.
 

 

Atonement

 

To say that I regret my sins

would be an understatement.

 

And I'm aware that whatever

I've done wrong in my life

won't get me on the five o'clock news

 

but I still have a hard time living with myself.

 

So most days I flog myself pretty good

because if it was good enough for Saint Francis

then it's good enough for me.

 

But sometimes when I lie awake in the dark

I wonder if perhaps this is exactly

what that devil on my shoulder

had planned for me all along

 

because my angel won't stop weeping.