Thick as Thieves

cut down, shaped

to house skin and after

shovel to earth

a home for bare bones


telephone poles, mailboxes

send amber messages

weeping, clinging

warm cement


knocks on the door

respond in hollow bursts

every tip toe, creaks calling


rocking chairs succumb

splinting pieces fuel

blue flames rising


the weight of wood hangs

in many forms

gently whispering

our coffin is yours


-Courtney Hall

Courtney Lee Hall resides in Long Island, NY. She is inspired by the waters that surround her, the earth she walks upon, and the small things that set spark. Visit her at to read more.