Máscaras Funerarias

the final detail

after washing the body

and wrapping her in  shroud

made from fresh new clean linen

spun and woven for this deed

placing her in the coffin

face up to see her fate

hands in reverence across her chest

a mask of hammered bronze

placed over her face

so fate wouldn’t recognize her

after the funeral

when the dead are gone

the living walk in the world of shadows

only half alive

barely  moving

thank you for coming

thank you for your prayers

and retreat suddenly

as if shoved by an invisible hand

behind a  mask

to dwell in the past

in the grave

in the sorrow

lonesome are the dead

lonesome are the living

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