Saint Julian Press Poet
Elaine Fletcher Chapman
Somewhere outside Pittsburgh on the turnpike
near Breezewood, I left the Therigatha, left Patacara,
teacher of non–attachment. I bought yellow roses.
I drove to the Squirrel Hill exit and followed
Forbes to Dallas Avenue where the road divided
two cemeteries. I wanted Homewood.
I unrolled the map on which someone had drawn
a line with a pen leading to section 15–2.
It was not easy to find her
buried within circles of monuments and tombstones,
mostly granite and marble, surrounding
her with unfamiliar names. I parked the car
and walked up the slight slope to the newest marker,
where I read, Eleanor Fletcher Walters, her entire name,
unrelated and strange, written in stone.
I placed the roses to the side.
Her ashes were buried below in a black box.
I wanted to dig down, find her and then slowly
sift her ashes through my fingers
until she was scattered gently over snow,
grey against white, marking an end to our confinement.
Hunger for Salt by
Elaine Fletcher Chapman * ISBN-13: 978-0-9986404-1-9 *
ISBN 10: 0-9986404-1-7
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