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Sempervirens, G.Ferreyra Copyright 2006

Sempervirens

by Gonzalo Ferreyra


Kill me there kindly
and bury me there beside
a mouthless tree
its limbs taller than
other tall trees
its attitude that of
a god, neither dismayed nor
angry but certainly self-assured
and leave me there and say goodbye
to me there
and visit me there where
I am buried or scatter
my ashes there and say
no prayers
but do me the great favor there
I beg you there I beg you
here
to do the right thing
and forget about me there where
you are
or remember me where
because I am there nestled
among the tallest trees where
I'll remember everything
as if I were there

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  Copyright  2006 Gonzalo Ferreyra

Gonzalo Ferreyra has written one (unpublished) novel and is hard at work on a second.  He's a great admirer of Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth, and John Cheever but tries his best not to mimic them when he sits down to write.   He lives in Castro Valley, CA, with his wife and two daughters.


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