Lay for the Day
The first day of Lemuria, the nine-day Roman festival of the dead.
the book of Praises:
Of the Majority
Who now preoccupy the ground,
whose passed passions enlarged the sun
and earths foundations handsomely
with their gifts of significance;
who furnished the uprights and bars,
enclosures and curves that you here
interpret in their memory;
who bequeathed even their bodies.
The dead still walk in your
and wake their likeness from my sleep
when I dream the sea of deceased
raising its slow waves, shuddering
wind and lapsing hiss. One by one
the frayed crests flow into their graves.
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