dry bones

May 31, 2008

Dry bones —
warm heat draws
life away,
live marrow unknown in the core.
.
Sinews, tendons, vessels, veins –
years ago moved in ways
unaware of the floating,
hovering edge of death.
.
I once heard that the skull
is not a symbol of fatality
in most cultures,
but the most permanent sign
of the human face,
anonymous individual shapes
lasting beyond ages.
.
Do these bones wait for life beyond?
or are they spent
and done?
.
.
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