They know this on Lanai-- it’s a custom and a kindness to ready a hole as the last one’s taken.
But I dug graves in ‘89, two—no, more (Louis, Richard, Ben) dug them and left them waiting-- it wasn’t long.
See, the ground was made ready, the sod removed (Reagan, Gingrich, Helms) too late to avoid the sorrow-- and only kind when you can’t predict who’ll follow.
Susan G. Duncan is presently an independent consultant with a performing and visual arts clientele, capping a long career in arts administration. She served as executive director for San Francisco’s long-running musical comedy phenomenon Beach Blanket Babylon, the al fresco California Shakespeare Theater, and the Grammy-winning, all-male vocal ensemble Chanticleer. Her poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, Blast Furnace, The MacGuffin, The Quotable, Soundings East, Thema, The Yalobusha Review, and others.