grave (weightier than light)

the excavator
must have had
a loose tooth

at least
that is how it looked
from where I sat
behind the narrow end . . .

the head

of the grave

most of the cavity
was in deep shade

a diagonal
of darkness

shadow
caused by an angle
of sunlight
striking the earth

but
the farther end
was a sharp brightness

there
the smooth
straight-edged
symmetry
was marred
by a vertical indentation

a standing depression

as though the digging machine
had a single cutting tooth
out of alignment

the sculpture of it
caught my attention
– like a reversed embossing –
just beyond the sharp definition
of the coffin
supported on its straps
and suspended above
one final descent

hovering
above a conclusion

it is weighty thing
to carry a coffin

not just
the mass of wood
and body
but
the full heft
of a lived life

the representation
of it
transformed
to allow weight
and measurement
on the after-scales

and the imagery
of a scarred grave
holds an element
of savagery . . .

perhaps
a reminder
of judgement
by hand . . .

and by hole . . .

and
by tooth

the grave
is more shadow
now
than light

~

3 thoughts on “grave (weightier than light)

  1. A wondrous myriad of subtle images Frank, and I adored your finale epitaph
    “perhaps
    a reminder
    of judgement
    by hand . . .

    and by hole . . .

    and
    by tooth

    the grave
    is more shadow
    now
    than light”

    Like

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