Viewing Line

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Alan S. Bridges

First published in Hedgerow #131, spring 2020, page 23. Originally written in May and June of 2018.

morning backup—
the deer’s jaw slack
at the roadside                                                                 Michael

        the hatch slowly closes
        on a hearse                                                                Alan

museum fossil day—
all that’s left
of a stegosaurus                                                               Michael

staring down . . .
painted toenails
in the viewing line                                                           Alan

        our hamster’s grave
        unmarked                                                                   Michael

Chanel No. 5
just a whiff
from the casket                                                                Alan