Poets Walk: "you will see them"

Poets Walk: "you will see them"

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The Dead by Philip Schultz


There are so many already. Probably

more than enough. Turn down any street

and you will see them just standing there,

waiting to be recognized. They don’t mingle,

or talk. There’s no news or gossip or luck.

Nothing to get used to. Or risk. Or give up.

They don’t explore new neighborhoods

or notice much, preferring their own company.

They no longer have family or friends so no one

notices how little they’ve changed. You’ll find

who you’re looking for dreaming at a window,

waiting to be remembered. Anyone will do.


Philip Schultz, "The Dead" from The Holy Worm of Praise. Copyright © 2001 by Philip Schultz. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Originally published in The Nation.