I Spent a Lot of Time in There

Gavin Murtha

2015 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

There’s a sign above the door,

“Funeral Home—
Pay Before You Stay”

I sit inside

away from obscured bodies but closer to real ones,

like a bird

turning from sparrow
into crow,

I can see

this is where I became myself
instead of who I was supposed to be.

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