by Michael Dylan Welch and Agnes Eva Savich

First published in Blithe Spirit 29:4, November 2019, page 60. Originally written in October of 2017.

the timpani rumbles
into my chest . . .
news of her passing                                                   Michael

        a sublime oboe note
        opens the requiem                                              Agnes

mother’s violin
in its velvet case—
hospice bill                                                                  Michael

jazz funeral—
the shiny euphonium
wears a wreath                                                            Agnes

        a cello’s ghostly moan
        from the sympathy card                                       Michael

an unknown soldier
bugles Taps . . .
a thousand graves                                                       Agnes