Modern Hygiene

 

Everyone should have to dig a grave.

 

Choose a spot, break the earth

dig and dig and dig

jump in

dig and dig and dig

cold splashes on the face

bailing water

from the always giving, taking earth.

 

Everyone should have to dig a grave.

 

Then, feeling the arms light

hearing the smuck

as the body lands and settles

seeing how the first shovel full

lands and

illuminates the face

for a moment

though the earth abideth forever.

 

Everyone should have to dig a grave.

 

Digging, digging, digging

then, a few stones on top

a few quiet thoughts and

the wiping of the brow

the sun on the damp soil

finally, the back turned.

 

Everyone should have to dig a grave.

 

The day is coming

when this will be deemed a talent.

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