Richard Dinges Jr.

With Television Still On

Television blares and casts
gray shadows over fetal
forms wrapped in rumpled
sweaters, side-by-side
twin beds in this
eternal twilight, breaking
all rules, wearing shoes
on sheets, little separation
from the dearly departed,
just a matter of flipping
them on their backs,
straightening their legs,
folding hands on chests,
and turning off the TV.

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