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Chicagoetry: Death In Chicago

Death in Chicago

God died and
I started to lie:

Little white ones, at first,
And then the compunction escalated.
Like: it wasn't God but
My mother

Who died.

Now her voice, her being,
Has transmuted into the birch, elm and oak

Standing guard along
My borough lanes: each has become
A chorus of sparrow tongues,

Like a movie is a symphony
Of faces, with the eyes
As soloists.

Then my coffeemaker died and that's
A calamity if not a catastrophe
Of a different order but a calamity

Nonetheless. Think of it:
Absolutely the start of an improvised new life.

My father's voice has always been there,
More steady, more dour and so
I shall assign it

To the expressway next door.

Like a rapids of wind
And metal.

It is a fact that grief metastasizes
The instant the memorials are concluded
And everyone goes home.
Then the triggers:

Old commercials, movie dialogue, song titles,
The angle of sunlight

When the next cricket chirps.
If you're at work you have to eat it:
At home, you let it come,

You absolutely must
Let it come.


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


More Tindall:

* Chicagoetry: The Book

* Ready To Rock: The Music

* The Viral Video: The Match Game Dance


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