Bare Bones

Lori was sure she was a goddess
because she died at the end of each day
and was reborn each morning.

For some this would be cause for celebration
and too many birthday parties
but for Lori this was her normal routine.

She received her invitation to celebrate
the new psych ward and wellness center
but opted to watch a documentary

about when wildfires reach clearcut zones
with an explanation of how alders
repair both quickly in forestry terms.

Before she died each night Lori heard wings
and imagined becoming an angel
but learned it was a condor arriving to feast.

copyright © 2023 Kenneth P. Gurney

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