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Laughing@ You Laughing@ You Female, 52, United States (11/24/2013 10:31:00 AM)

So nice to see all this poetry this a.m. I will come back and comment on each one...when I return home....

Ephemeroptera


By Miriam Vermilya

On a slab of Jurassic shale, an ovate
body, legs fine as eyelashes,
the mayfly's precise signature,
consummate, immortal.


Now its descendents, in a tumult
of mating, roil the air on Koerner's
sluggish creek below the hill
where the Ebenezer Baptist church,


its doors agape, declines daily
into dust and rubble.
Beyond the church, the graveyard
encroached by nightshade


and nettle, its stones listing
or broken or gone, a few bearing
words now scarcely visible:
Eliza, Beloved Wife... In Perpetual....


A million years from now the stricken
stones will be scoured clean
and ephemerids will rise each spring
to dance above the clouded waters.

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