What To Do With Your Hands After Burying The Bluebirds

Spread them flat
to pat the dirt
one more last time

Wipe them
Wash them
Clasp them
while dropping
your face
into your
anguish

Then thrust them
skyward
spearing heaven
demanding to know
was god watching
while we dug the hole

Finally curl them into stones
that pound the earth
until you snap them off
and what

leave them there
on the ground
in the scuffed dirt
the only mark of
this unremarkable grave

I am
asking
and telling

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