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The Year of the Boar


People talk.

Leaves fall,

they look at each other.

They stay up late

eat orange crackers in bed

crumbs and smudges

watch Grey's Anatomy

whisper a prayer.

Wear mint green cardigans.

People are walking,

in at least twelve

different directions.

There are bones

and ghosts everywhere.

Putting out candles

sliding windows open

hiding in other people's graves.

Our lives have been wasted.

When we were thrifty;

when we were noble.

How we love

to work with our hands.

Will next year be different?

Last year winter came

and went in the blink of an eye,

yet springtime shied away.

There's a truck drifting

into your lane on the highway.

A gun firing in an otherwise

quiet wooded field.

It sounds like autumn,

and the flowers are dying

It's October.

It's time for us to die.

-- Ringa Sunn

Ringa Sunn is a West Mifflin native who works as a barista during the day and stage-manages for local theatres at night. She lives in Squirrel Hill. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.

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