Burying Our Young
When did young girls' crying replace the wails of church mothers?
When were balding pallbearers replaced with young men in ill-fitting suits?
When did the young become the bowed heads and shuffling feet?
When did boys take on the burden of carrying the dead?
When did the funeral procession become familiar?
When did we exchange obitutaries for class pictures?
When did burying our young and witnessing
this untimely death become routine?
Prompt #8 for PAD is routine