Quartet

       1


       assemble the words
       salt
       waxed twine
       and graves

       2


       soldiers’ graves
       shallow and many
       those of saints
       few and deep



       3


       burial in the heart
       comes after
       all the flowers
       have wilted



       4


       bare trees
       still moon
       the snow line
       a fraction closer


Tony Beyer a New Zealander who has recent or forthcoming work in Atlanta Review, Hamilton Stone Review, and Otoliths. His most recent book is Great South Road and South Side (Puriri Press, 2013).
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