Counting My Dead

Because the dark corners
of night can tug at sleep
more readily now
that years like regrets
are piling up and crowding
my dreams, I am counting
my dead at sixty-five,
and coming to know
not all of my corpses
have died.

Kenneth Salzmann has been active in literary publishing and programming for more than thirty years. His poetry has appeared in such journals as Rattle, The Comstock Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Memoir (and), and in anthologies including Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude (Holy Cow! Press), Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers (Codhill Press) He is co-editor, with Sandi Gelles-Cole, of Child of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents.

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