My daughter learned to point
in a cemetery.
There were many deaths that year.
The priests’ black shirts grew discolored from sweat.
Florists did well.
Pillowy, white fabric lined the open casket,
as if we were burying, with the body,
a bit of sky.
My daughter’s finger
tried to follow some common bird
hopping in the grass.
A precious thing fingers do.
They also claw at the earth in desperation.
They quiver like piano strings.
I’ve learned they’re good at clasping onto.
Less so at letting go.