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“O for a Muse of fire,
that would ascend
The brightest heaven
of invention,
A kingdom for a
stage, princes to act
And monarchs to
behold the swelling
-Willam Shakespeare
King Henry V

Bone Box

Where poetry wings off the breast
single chill in the limestone house
boxes hold bones, an ossuary of remembrances
alabaster embracing the cremated beach coral of a
beloved dog
glass spice jar with ashes of two parents, mixed
cardboard box held safe by a rubber band
first budgerigar skeleton
boxes with milk teeth of babies and puppies
all contained within a large stone box
the ossuary of life's history
we use houses to catalogue the paths of existence
where poetry is crushed by a breast on canvas
a chill in the limestone house.

2006 Calgary International Spoken Word Society