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Tablets

Returning
I sallied
out
upon
my special errand
the sky
changed and charged
drivingly sleeting
stubbornly storming
I fought
and found
and entered
a reigning silence
of sailors wives and widows
congregational
against
grief
stormingly shrieking
insularly sitting
incommunicably
apart

seated
I
pretendingly quoting
They
steadfastingly eyeing
black-bordered
masoned [End Page 82]
marbled
tableted
sacredly worded
memorially
lost

We
survivored
overboard
out of sight
off shore
by deeps
lately
emplaced
unrecorded
untellingly
wounded

women
wealing
women
wailing
women
weaving
women
weaning
women
unwilling

bosoms brooding
desolate upon
ungreenly
unburied
unflowered
unleaved [End Page 83]
undead
absent ashes

oh
bitterly blank marbles
despairingly inscribed
voids

gnawingly
unbidden
unrisen
secondless coming
ungravenly placed

surely-not-

feathering
unfed
hopes
unfloated
upon
unshored
bosomless
deeps

without-meaning

same-fate-
be-thine

bodiless (turned)
into (under) better being
(un) bodied into
not me [End Page 84]