A Hole in the Sky

sky hole

For Laura Boss

“Every living thing is turning into something else.” – Ovid

All of your poems that remain unwritten.
Promises to and from family not kept. 
Urn of ashes on a son’s mantle.
Things read aloud to laughter and tears,
now lost in the country of time.

Laura Boss was an American, award-winning poet and a friend and mentor. She was the founder and Editor of Lips poetry magazine for four decades. Laura died on April 9, 2021, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.


Walt, born 1819. He moved around frequently
but at the end of his life
he settled where I started – New Jersey – 
which has more poetry than most imagine, 
and ghosts reciting from Camden to Newark.

Whitman house

Walt Whitman’s home on Mickle St. in Camden, New Jersey

Death Mask

Wax or plaster cast of a face.

A primitive, accurate photo without a camera.

Memento, or basis for a later portrait.

Eerily real, every feature, with some distortions

from the weight of plaster and death.


Death mask of the poet Dante Alighieri who wrote The Divine Comedy. He died September 13, 1320 from malaria.