"Last Rites" by Hunter Madsen

"Last Rites"

TITLE - "Last Rites (for Marshall)"
WHERE - Burnaby, B.C. (2015)

"Last Rites" honors Marshall Kenneth Kirk, my brilliant colleague and troubled, late friend, who might as well have penned this self-epitaph for "Serepta Mason" in Edgar Lee Masters's Spoon River Anthology (1915):

"My life's blossom might have bloomed on all sides/ Save for a bitter wind which stunted my petals/ On the side of me which you in the village could see./ From the dust I lift a voice of protest:/ My flowering side you never saw!/ Ye living ones, ye are fools indeed/ Who do not know the ways of the wind/ And the unseen forces/ That govern the processes of life."