Rosalie Morales Kearns ~ Requiem

Just once before you die,
break the rhyme scheme.
Why, you say?
Why the hell not?

Take the day off,
walk around and say
Why the hell not?
in answer to every question.

The answer to every question:
Take a deep breath, you say.

Just once before you die,
write a poem that ignores
strictures of

stanza and punctuation

break free
close your eyes
let the rippling meter

It can’t go with you to the grave.

Take a deep breath.
Write your epitaph:
The poet has passed her sell-by date.

Not a Bad Sort
After All


Rosalie Morales Kearns is an Albany, NY-based writer whose short story collection, Virgins and Tricksters, has just been published by Aqueous Books. One of the stories in the collection received a Special Mention in the 2013 Pushcart Prize volume. She is a previous contributor to Danse Macabre, and has other stories, poems, and essays published in Witness, The Nervous Breakdown, and other journals.

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