• Sam Baker

Word Was


The graveyards were beautifully groomed.

On dia de los Muertos, families came.

with their kites of many colors.

the tails were long

graceful

flying like calligraphy

they swooped low

dragging ribbon tails

over manicured graves


word was

the dead could reach from the grave

grab the colorful tail

catch a ride to heaven


that's right

catch a ride to heaven


all they had to do

was reach their bony hand from the good earth

grab hold of the ribbon

AND

heaven bound!


on the tail of a kite


written day 31 of isolation

-from another time