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By Katherine Johnson

February 16, 2018

Harold And George Inbody Headstone – Mica Cemetery – Mica, WA – Spokane County

Down the road a piece beyond the grain elevators
Past the fluorescent lights of gas and cigarettes
There below the disquieted shade of dark pines
Cradled in waving grasses sit grasshoppers humming
The living children of past generations.

There through the now peeling white washed Mica gate
Those ancestors witnessed the rattling hearse come
With its gleaming black paint and shimmering brass
Lead the procession of hope now despair
That wept tears beneath the shade and soaked the grasses.

Sometimes twice. Sometimes thrice.

Now thundering grain trucks roar past
Deaf to the unmovable shaded silence
Just beyond the gate and waving grasses
Where grasshoppers live and give witness
To two brothers who met in eternity.

Copyright 2018 By Katherine Johnson – All Rights Reserved