Death Letters

Writing
death letters
by firelight

want to tell my
friend how I
wronged him

but past scars
should not surface
on leathered skin

want to tell
the strong man
my fears

I am not
a hardened
hero

I am not
a chiseled cheekbone
or gravestone

I want a
clean
conscience

before
entering
the clearing

I was always
afraid of
tarot

but now I’m ready
for you to
read my cards

it’s time
to cast
my stones

and be read
before all
that I’ve enclosed

 

© Copyright Steve Shultz. All rights reserved.

22 thoughts on “Death Letters

  1. I love your short, narrow stanzas. I always find this visually appealing.

    These are my favorites:

    “Writing
    death letters
    by firelight”

    “I was always
    afraid of
    tarot
    but now I’m ready
    for you to
    read my cards”

    “I was always
    afraid of
    tarot

    but now I’m ready
    for you to
    read my cards” … Nice return to the topic of the opening stanza.

  2. Cool piece. Love the ending, really strong. The notion of how your mindset had changed regarding the tarot, well, that’s just a cool example of how an entire persona can be written using brevity at its finest. Great read. Thanks

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