Friday, March 20, 2015

Michael Keshigian - Transition / Cemetery Haze


An air bubble burst,
that final hiccup 
on the threshold 
of the doorstep to oblivion.
Lungs conclusive expanse
captures stray molecules of oxygen
that contain 
the ultimate sigh of consciousness 
before deflation.
With the last exhale
streams a lifetime of living and memories, 
feelings, emotions, and thoughts
extinguished in a gurgle
the brain reluctantly realizes
as terminal, engulfed by
the ensuing permanence of departure,
that enigmatic shadow,
severing connections to the living
that surround the listless remains 
pitying, yet considering
their own demise 
and ultimate moment of transition
when life is no more.


Granite slabs
litter the enclosed landscape
which silently screams syllables
of those buried 
beneath the sedentary soil
of eternal repose
and through the cavities 
gorged by insatiable insects,
imperceptible vapors 
of deteriorating brain waves
escape the porous tomb
to fog the horizon 
with evaporating memories.

Michael Keshigian’s ninth poetry book, Dark Edges was released September, 2014 by Flutter Press.  He has been widely published in numerous national and international journals most recently including Poesy, The Chiron Review, California Quarterly, Poppy Road Review and has appeared as feature writer in over a dozen publications with 5 Pushcart Prize and 2 Best Of The Net nominations. (

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