Burial at Sea

“Captain arrives at Church”

formal strides crunch the gravel
bearers side step the tributes
to dock the coffin
starboard of the widow

“Piping the Captain Aboard”

uniforms whiter than
Confirmation dresses sway to
shrill whistles and calm tides
looking to the ocean for another
storm to rave against

“Captain my Captain”

flag and sword
grave goods for Neptune but
no flowers to woo
his mistress the sea

©Julie L Corbett, 2011


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