“Crisis Over Graveyard Maintenance” (Laurence Stacey)

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………………..October dusk
………………..the groundskeeper steps
………………..between graves

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Headline:

“Crisis Over Graveyard Maintenance” (BBC News)

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Poem by Laurence Stacey (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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  1. Chen-ou Liu

    Laurence , good word choices. “dusk” sets the mood for the poem while “step” expresses the suggestive power of its multifaceted meanings. A good example of showing the important relationship between precise verb choice and effective writing.

    Chen-ou

  2. Paul Smith

    This is great Laurence. Makes me think that in a sense we are all ‘stepping between graves’ from the moment we are born.

  3. Dick Whyte

    I love your reading Paul – very nice. Suddenly the image expands in a way that I had not expected. Very nice indeed…

  4. Laurence Stacey-Editor

    Thank you guys! I’m really glad this poem was able to resonate in different ways. I agree with Chen-ou. Control of language is an important aspect of constructing good haiku. Paul, your reading is just stellar! I had actually not considered that idea until you pointed it out.

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