An Old Cemetery

Over untended graves
the grass reaches up
and just the slightest breeze
parts the leaves long enough
to make out a first name
or the last year
or in some cases
just a blank slate
a symmetry one thinks
John Locke would approve.

William Cullen Jr. is a veteran and works at a social services non-profit in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Stream, I-70 Review, Lake Effect, North Dakota Quarterly, Poetry South, Spillway and The American Journal of Poetry.

You can see more of his work in 7.3 and 3.3 and 4.1 and 4.2 and 5.1 and the 2019 Pocket Poems anthology