Magazine | May 28, 2012, Issue

Poetry

THE LAST KEENERS IN SCHUYLKILL

(A Neighborhood in Philadelphia)

She remembered that the Tobins were the last

To have wailing mourners at a wake

Women who cried in disbelief that a soul had fled.

Who they were she didn’t know, or how

They were hired or if they were volunteer

And she was not sure who had died

Only that the Tobins lived on Naudain Street

And came from Donegal. She was a school girl

Then, back in the ’60s, and told me this

In Kelly’s, of how having heard them

Before that night, she never did again.

Kelly’s is closed, and if I bring those

Keeners up again in five years, will she

Still remember them, or will they be gone

With Kelly, and the last of the Tobins?

Lawrence Dugan's poetry has appeared recently in Arion, National Review, The Spectator and The Threepenny Review.

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