OBIT [Teaching] by Dana Kinsey

OBIT [Teaching]
—after Victoria Chang

Teaching — dies repeatedly from gunshots
ricocheting off NRA stickers on bumpers
of trucks driven by pro-life people on the
way to church services. Not funerals for
school children, but ordinary Sunday
services where the preacher gives out
thoughts and prayers like communion,
cardboard on tongues, recycled from
cereal boxes bearing Chex a student
hurriedly gulped, washed down with
orange juice/no pulp so he could catch
the bus on time to be murdered before
shaping pottery from clay for Father’s Day,
before enjoying chicken tenders, before
writing 1,000,000 as an exponent in the
upper corner of senseless, before sighing
for poems from Keats who died young too,
before learning that Beethoven, when he
was almost deaf, composed an unsent love
letter to an unknown “Immortal Beloved,”
before learning that the text he wrote
to the cute girl with a K-Pop phone case
and the really white Converse in the front
row was almost like the one Beethoven
wrote, only he is the immortal one now.

By Dana Kinsey

Twitter: @wordsbyDK
Instagram: @dana.kinsey

Editor’s note: This elegy controls the fractured pain of grief via line breaks and imagery until the last line breaks the reader’s heart. 


7 responses to “OBIT [Teaching] by Dana Kinsey”

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    1. danakinsey4gmailcom Avatar

      Thank you so much. ❤️

    2. Dana Kinsey Avatar

      Thank you so much!

  2. Jill Avatar

    So beautifully and boldly said.

    1. A Past Student:) Avatar
      A Past Student:)

      Wow! Your writing has so much power, a testament of your skills in your craft. Your work has sentimental value to me because spending time with you showed me the depth of your goodness, which always makes me curious as how you’ll use your gifts and sphere of influence from piece to piece. You are my role model, and my feelings are substantiated by your words and actions. Thank you for using your words constructively to teach:)

      1. danakinsey4gmailcom Avatar

        You have filled my heart. Thank you for your kindness. Sending you light and love always. 💜

    2. danakinsey4gmailcom Avatar

      I appreciate your words.

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