Grief Games

Elephants visit their dead,
lift the bones onto their tusks,
balance them crosswise,
lever them against the ground,
and seesaw them in their looped trunks.

We shuffle letters and photographs
like decks of cards,
and thoughtfully stroke the worn corners
of precious objects
as if they were poker chips.

We play these games of grief
wager after wager,
then scoop up our winnings
and leave the tables,
our hands full of sorrow.

Roger Stoll is a Latin America/Caribbean solidarity activist with the Task Force on the Americas, a three-decades-old anti-imperialist human rights organization. He has published articles, book reviews and political poetry in Dissident Voice, Resumen Latinoamericano, MintPress News, Black Agenda Report, Popular Resistance, Orinoco Tribune, Marxism-Leninism Today, Counterpunch, San Francisco Examiner, ZNet, Jewschool, and New Verse News. Read other articles by Roger.