Robert Ronnow
                                                                 Brother Death

                              Jones' Nose

Their unspoken opinions
are like a pot of unknowable, unnamed meats
including skunk parts
one morsel of filet mignon

Family or workplace
longer the hours, years of the living
opinions accumulate
perception strained through mortality

This stew of ethics
holds together, blows apart
trees, planets, atoms, galaxies
on or about year 2000

One must not
express the certainty
that the child's coma-induced vision of a dead grandparent
did not actually happen in heaven

One must feign
respect for all beliefs however abjectly
death denying
because they are harmless as


beautiful day follows
on Jones' Nose
ripe blueberries, black cherries

Copyright 2001 & 2007 by Robert Ronnow.