Near sonnet for my hometown

A boy in a fireman’s coat, first chair
French horn, Kurt Cobain handwriting, his back
to the teacher, fingernails painted black.
Dark hair a crown of curls, his eyes a pair
of light-colored M&Ms. On the stair
between class, we swapped treasures—a thumbtack,
an acorn, a feather, a tattered jack
of hearts, a library book, a prayer
card from a funeral—a life lost too
soon. Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you
Kimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and editor in chief of the biannual print literary arts journal Gigantic Sequins. Her poetry chapbook efs & vees will be out summer 2015. She currently lives in Philadelphia.
“Near sonnet for my hometown” was originally published in John le Carré (TLR, Winter 2015).