soul jacket

            for my grandfather

when his clothes were divided
like the Hmong women
bury the placenta
of their children

I took his jacket
every soul has to return
to coat check
before leaving this earth
so they can wear something
on the cold road to heaven

John Andrews is working on an MFA in Poetry at Texas State University and is the current managing editor for Front Porch Journal. His work has also appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Stone Highway Review, and Aim For The Head: an Anthology of Zombie Poetry.

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