Landscape, Interrupted

A shirttail-sail swells
desert-bright and blooming
around a dead boy’s desiccated ribs—

boy’s story: glory, sacrificed

no tears—

know this:
pity’s barbs won’t corral
suffering, or
shred old scripts.

Jude Marr is a freelance editor. Her work has appeared in The Cortland ReviewBlack Heart MagazineCactus Heart and Cherry Tree, among others. Jude received an honorable mention for the 2014 Frankye Davis Mayes Prize sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.