Instructions on How to Approach the Bereaved - Bryan Borland

Do not dance around
the dead elephant in the room.

Do look over your words in the mirror
and remove the last sentence
before it leaves your mouth.

Simplicity is always best.

Do look them in the eyes and say
I’m sorry for your loss


Please let me know if you need anything

even if
you secretly hope
they won’t.

© Bryan Borland



Bu şiir, şairin 2012 yılında Sibling Rivalary Press tarafından yayımlanan "Less Fortunade Pirates: Poems from the First Year Without My Father" isimli kitabından alınmış ve Şakir Özüdoğru tarafından Türkçeleştirilerek Gard-1'de yer almıştır.