Emilio Juarez Dies

Written by Christopher Stolle

left front row -
dense country breeze
gently rains down.

inadequate crowd -
naked in tears
for showing up

someone speaks -
i have never met him,
but he knows names,
places, accomplishments.

stone-packed field -
i see two for my parents,
and my sister, fragile,
drops a tulip between them.

civilian tradition -
no honorable flag,
no guns, no bugle;
generic newspaper ashes.

it's unbelievable to think
poets die like everyone else.