“The Dead Ones Can’t Sit Down” (poem) (mine).

The Dead Ones Can’t Sit Down


So much can reverse

between two people


Which loves the other more

which is taller


Which is more successful

which has longer hair


or better bedroom light

the better job or luck


But everyone older than I am

will retain that older glean until I die


Except those who die

like he did


at the age of twenty-four

fallen from a building


And now I’m twenty-seven

looking in at years to come


living in a house

sitting down on warm front porches


with friends that were his



mine second

mine last


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