Roddy Williams – The Atheist Poet

At The Funeral (2016)

Relatives made by Waterford Crystal
see-through, brittle,
briefly consider
deploying belittling
heart seeking missiles

‘appropriate shoes’

targeted at certain folk

but they dread
the shattering blast of the harshspat recoil

and so remain in foxhole silence
until later,

where fresh fuel’s decanted
into rambling tanks.

It’s relatively calm

on the surface.

In the kitchen an egg-timer cousin
sheds her sand quietly
counting down, hissing
grain by camelstraw grain
to the moment
when someone
will mention
the shoes.


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