52 Psaltery & Lyre: Dayna Patterson, “There is a certain comfort”




There is a certain comfort

to imagine the space

where you will rest,

to stand above it,

see the green of its turf,

to observe a nearby tree,

its ruddy flowers and fruit,

to read your own name

chiseled on the stone.

There is a certain peace

to feel your feet planted

in the place where they will stop

the hop skip jump of life,

to notice a clump of clover

deliver sunlight down roots

where someday you’ll lie,

close lipped and feeding.


Dayna Patterson sometimes waxes morbid in her fantasizing. She would prefer a lilac bush, or a smattering of wildflowers, to a stone. For her bio, click here.


For another, much more eloquent, poem on the same subject, click here.


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