For those of us young
healthy
we will face the mourning of our elders.
Bury them beneath
the earth.
And for those of us
who believe the living
ever-live
we will stand by the graves of our teachers
and know that we
like those we've buried
are living ancients.

  • Matthew Shenoda, "Living Ancients" from Somewhere Else. Copyright © 2005 by Matthew Shenoda. Reprinted by permission of Coffee House Press, www.coffeehousepress.org.

  • Source: Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking Press, 2015)

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