by David Blair

If somebody has died on you, be careful of the best.

Don’t listen to Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers.

All the lyrics are about the importance of death in any kind
              of actual life.

It is the music of every sort of ambiguity.
There is embarrassment there and professionalism.

DAVID BLAIR is the author of three books of poetry, Ascension Days, Friends with Dogs, and Arsonville. He is also the author of Walk Around: Essays on Poetry and Place and a forthcoming poetry collection, Barbarian Seasons, both from MadHat Press.