I originally wrote this poem as a sonnet when I was in college, meditating on the theme of love presumed to be inherent in the sonnet form. I thought, love takes many forms, and so. This updated version of the poem appears in my book The Sharp Edges of Water, published by Odeon Press in 2018.
Lullaby for a Crying Child
When my cousin died, olive skin and thick
. black hair and twelve years old laid under
. dirt and roses, I found out death’s simple
trick: it’s no one-way gate, but a long silk
. skirt in the rain. I peel the silk from my
. skin, hang it dripping in the bathroom.
My cousin defies death’s veil, ages beyond his
. allotted years, finds me in a dream, touches
. my hands. I look at him, through him, and
wake to rain. Left but not alone. My skirt
. dripping on the tile.
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