At Cedars of Lebanon Cemetery

       Richard Fein
  But most haunting are the very small tombstones with barely legible names,
names that never had time to make names for themselves,
tiny stones many of which have fallen over
and all of them no longer mourned,
for the ones who put long-forgotten names on these ancient stones
by now are forgotten names themselves
Above, a silver balloon's  trailing string is caught
by the skeletal finger of an ailanthus tree
and the winter wind twirls it
around and around that leafless branch.
And painted on this renegade party trifle
rocking as if in a cradle
is a yellow smiling face with letters in pink spelling
Happy First Birthday Amanda


Richard Fein ,

was a finalist in The 2004 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Competition. A Chapbook of his poems was published by Parallel Press, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been published in many web and print journals such as: Reed, Southern Review, Roanoke Review, Skyline Magazine, Birmingham Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, Paris/atlantic, Canadian Dimension and many others.

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