Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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MORTUARY

Smell of wax, lavender and anti-freeze fluid
reverence on heavy carpets, plush farewell
sympathy passed in Kleenex boxes, words
restrained, fear of inappropriate gaffes
faux pas, preserve the etiquette of death
sensitive moment, decorum of the mortuary
decorated pine box, beware, don’t laugh
before this exit, but he already left
flies have buzzed and deposited eggs
birth of worms, larva in over-ripe fruit
busy in the darkness of the tomb
celebrating, in family, the feast of doom.

Jan G. Otterstrom F. 6/21/2012