Conserve: Mass. (money) Matter.
Energy. Draw close that which does not
die until it does. Hold anything
still privileged with skin. The drum. The boy.
Because everything hits
the ground. The funeral
only does what physics asks
of it. I find a ladybug on my sneaker’s worn leather.
Newton rotates like a planet in his (g)rave.
I only balance what can fit in my hands.
—By Imani Davis