mourning ©papa osmubal

mourning ©papa osmubal


colleen yu

a picture frame set
in the middle of the table
incense keeps burning
people come and go

the master
holding a bamboo flagstand
chanting a bridge between the living and the dead

first son kneeling down
in front
followed by his younger brother
then his son

ashes of the paper money
scattered in the air
musicians blowing
as hard as they can

the coffin sits there
a chicken ready to be sacrificed
the coffin is lifted
sons, daughters
guard each side

firecrackers are set off
people in white walking
in a line
heads low, trudging mud

an old grey-haired woman
motionless in the corner
tears streaming down
eyes fixed
on him


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