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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