The Late Onset of Gravity

Miss Eloise’s signature
was scrawled upon the check beneath
Her dead husband’s printed name:
Seventy-five dollars, given
For someone to run the microphones
For the eulogy.

The writing was blue and spidery,
Scriven by a tremored hand.
There is no known cause
of shaking in the elderly,
Say the experts. It may start
At any age.

But I wonder if it’s not
The cosmic motion of those passing
Closest to the nameless veil
Like the quiver of a star
Sidling near the dark edge
Of known things.

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