assemble the words
       waxed twine
       and graves


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


       burial in the heart
       comes after
       all the flowers
       have wilted


       bare trees
       still moon
       the snow line
       a fraction closer

Tony Beyer is 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).