If you’re there, then now would be it
the time to let an autodidact rise
with the dreams of his grandchildren
And as I say this, to myself
under the graveyard tree, which is,
I think, nourished by the dead,
and yet lives, a breeze softly stokes
the leaves, each a red flag, and green.
A pile of ash keys against the wall
turns to dust, and the rain begins –
touching a white poppy in the field
but under the ground, under, waits
something, a crowd. A mass,
that moved once, and will move again.
For we know what happens,
when we bury a seed