1. Found Hand-Painted on a Tin Flue Cover
Ribbon of black crepe
draped on a door knob
like broken strings
hanging from a loom
with the words: Weep not.
What do I need of this world?
2. S. P. Dinsmoor Describes His Tomb
I have made myself a coffin with a glass lid.
By the door of my grave house
I have set a cement angel and a stone jug.
When I see the hose coming down, the lid will fly open
and I will sail out into the air like a locust.
If I am called above, the angel will help me on my way.
If I have to go below, I will grab my jug
and fill it with water somewhere on the road down.
Meantime, every day I pray–O Lord
teach me that I am but earth,
a hollow vessel of clay,
only a wisp of breath against my emptiness.
They have yet to figure out
the name of the church
two men driving in Barkley Lake
around Cain’s Mill a few years ago
found the whole steeple of
cross and all
half-buried in the mud shallows.