103 Psaltery & Lyre: Theric Jepson, “After Party”

velvet curtain


After Party

after Chadwick

I’m dying to get to that curtain call,
to hold hands with the dearly departed,
raise them up, then drop them down,
bowing our heads as low as our knees,
as the crowd goes wild, knowing—
just like in high school—
Mother & Father will be there every night.



Theric Jepson is author of the novel Byuck and many shorter works, some of which have appeared at Psaltery & Lyre. This poem is part of a forthcoming chapbook inspired by the language in Tyler Chadwick’s Field Notes on Language and Kinship. Meet him online by googling thmazing and seeing where that leads you. 
Read more of Jepson’s poetry here and here.