The first lonely headstone to the last—
black hats and black suits and black make-up
on blue handkerchiefs.
And one winter, the town covered
from pub to buried bus stop,
only the tops of the snow-laced headstones showed
and a single crow flit between them
like the neighbor’s child at a white picket fence.
Taylor Gould is a poet, playwright, and prose writer from rural Maine, displaced in suburban Massachusetts. His poems have been described as dangerously quiet, insouciantly wise, and gorgeously bizarre. He has contributed to Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Montreal Review, and The Good Ear Review, among others.