Cemetery

Though nothing sharp can blur their outlines now,
Tentative brambled branches draw them near
To all the heaviness of life, but then allow
These flocks of wispy figures we hold dear
To pass as silhouettes. We think we see them there —
Their hands, black broadcloth vests, each smile we face
That we once knew; we stand and watch and stare;
They bow when shortened granite posts erase
Their names, so long incised. We are relieved
To see them dance within bright motes of sun.
They’ve come to welcome those who have believed.
The imminent reunion has begun.
 
 




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A former Wilbur Fellow and six-time nominee for a Pushcart award, in 2007, she has published three books, Measured By Song, Making Music. As one of two finalists in the 2013 Aldrich Press Poetry Book Award, Cook was awarded publication of the manuscript for The View From Here, her third book I During Poetry Week 2014, The Poetry Collecftion at SUNYAB, Buffalo, published Cook’s chapbook of her work. Poems and essays by Sally Cook have appeared in numerous magazines and journals such as Blue Unicorn, Chronicles, First Things, The Formalist Portal, Light Quarterly, Lighten Up Online, National Review, Pennsylvania Review, Trinacria and other venues, both print and electronic. The poet is also a painter of Magic Realist paintings. She began as an exhibitor in Manhattan’s Tenth Street Co-operative Galleries, moved into geometrics and went on from there. Her work has been exhibited at many leading galleries and museums and represented in national collections.