Friday, April 4, 2008


My father dug graves
six days a week
Sun up/sun down
minimum wage money
housed and fed
seven children two grandmas
wife self
Once when a plane crashed
he was called to work on the Lord's Day.
Looking into the eyes
of the families of the dead
with expectations of
guilt or dread
Double Overtime---
a man digs graves
to feed his family
and sooner or later
Solomon comes to see
that the empty belly
surpasses the empty eye
even on the Sabbath.