May we remember to visit our dead,
that we won’t stop knowing them.
May we remember our place,
Romantics, they say, have a reality problem
but I don’t know what it is. Maybe the dead
will have some ideas.
Mortality is such a threat to continuity
––at least of culture, at least of certain
things we used to know,
Inspired by William Goodwin’s Essay on Sepulchres (1809).