How to Build Your First Casket

Select a wood neither sun-stressed
nor rain-damp, depressed or gruel.
Measure the angels carefully
for they wish to sleep on the way home.
Leave a line of light, an object of love
and something of influence.
Stain every area with sweat and nourishment,
lust and prayer. Earth swallows everything whole.
This is how we learn the language of worms.

Michael H. Brownstein’s book, A Slipknot Into Somewhere Else: A Poet’s Journey To The Borderlands Of Dementia, was recently published by Cholla Needles Books (2018).

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