Death on the Mississippi

Aiden Leise, Staff Writer

A wife buries her husband, who had

One more drink, before driving home

On an old and crumbling road.


Two parents grieve over a son

Who, unsupervised, succumbed to the heat

In excess of 105°.


A confused community lays to rest a teen

Whose tornado of a mind finally caught up to her

One night, alone, in her room.


A new generation buries an older one,

Wanting to leave without a clue

Of what they’ll do once they get there.


And the flatness of the delta rolls on

Seemingly forever.