Carolyn Welch Scarbrough

William’s letter uses suicided as a verb
and really why not? The finite action

verb—without an introduction, unreduced by
other verbs, other introductory phrases

there on the page like the remaining sad facts—
the widow, the father…you know what all I mean

the whys and what ifs and if only I’d knowns
mowed down like a failing meadow in

October, fodder now for other animals,
something dry to chew on

all winter long.