This week is another Poetry Party over at Christine’s. This time she offers us images and thoughts of autumn for inspiration. Closer to home, this week saw the second death of a high school student in my community. Both died in car accidents, both on the same road, both were in the same class at the same high school. I knew neither them or their families, but have friends and family who knew them. They, those who know them, and the high school have all been in my prayers and thoughts.

Death having done its worst
you lie in crimson splendor
stark in contrast with a world
that cannot make sense
and so we struggle
and so we stare
at you, made beautiful in death
hoping that death was
not cruel, but merely sudden

written 9-24-08