On the first anniversary of my friend, the poet and disability service worker, Sarah Knorr’s death, this emerged on my morning walk in the woods with our pup Buddy. Guessing you may concur.
We say “passed”
as if they’d tossed a football.
Some use “transitioned”
so you imagine a Star Trek
It doesn’t help.
Lately it seems
not a month goes by. . .
until I hear myself tell the boys,
“You want a reliable career?
They’re called funeral directors now.”
I need to get out, get on with it.
Live on in their name, as we say.
But it does get lonely in here.
Like when you think of a joke
that only they’d get
and look around to finger
some trinket left behind.