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In the Cemetery by Bryony Rogers

In the cemetery men make prayer
with cans wrapped
in blue plastic bags. ‘Love

suffereth long
and is kind’ reminds the marble headstone

while John McCartney, (husband, brother
lover, friend) sleeps
beneath a scattering of blue glass and pink silk flowers.

Domine Domine, sing
the birds

while a man stumbles at the crossroads, in the shade
of a broken angel. The

grass bursts green
beside the pathway, beckoning

into birdsong
and the coming