April is National Poetry Month – #NaPoMo #30for30
There are nights when the sheets that drape me
swaddle me like papier-mâché and dry to a stiff cast,
the dribble from my mouth a gold mask at the shock
that I was King for just that breath past my father’s death.
The tour of artifacts locked in the basement whispers none
until the robbers come digging at the rubble. Until
I am preserved and carted out on World Tour. Until they realize
the best thing I did was to smile after I died. Inconsequential
people like Lucy, mosquitoes trapped in amber with the DNA
tale of extinct species. Average folk who covered their head
when the comet hit. Who sung nothing but a song which children
passed on, who made one notable, lasting, petrified thing.