In the Flowery Countryside by Kelly B. Madden

Poem title: In the Flowery Countryside Poet name: Kelly B. Madden Poem begins: Where shall we put the bodies, sir,  fifty thousand more today  and that is just at dawn the cemetery’s gates are chained, undertaker’s curtains drawn  curtains drawn good man? this will just not do dig another trench, deep and wide;  but do not upset the people,  dig it out of sight  dig it out of sight dear sir?  the woods beyond the city are full, there are few spaces now to hide perhaps we should head further out,  in the flowery countryside?  in the flowery countryside? yes, good man, that might do there is no time to spare and do try to be good,  place them down with gentle care  place them down with gentle care, of course I want to sir,  but backhoe bucket does not allow  for gentleness in placing down; perhaps some farmers will lend a hand  farmers might lend a hand good man?  indeed, this could save time, now be sure to bury them deep enough   in the flowery countryside  in the flowery countryside is where I’ve been, sir,  and farmer’s time was loaned  we did run out of markers, but   we marked the places with stones  marked the places with stones good man,  that was very kind sadly now, you must stay  away from the flowery countryside  the farmers cry, no more! no more! and leaders claim this problem is not theirs perhaps the only thing to do now, good man is load the trucks and head towards the capital city’s front stairs End of poem.  Credits: Copyright © Kelly B. Madden Previously published in Reckoning, creative writing on environmental justice, January 2020.  Kelly B. Madden writes poetry, fiction and children’s stories. Her work has appeared  in publications supported by the League of Canadian Poets, Reckoning 2 & 4, Island Writer’s Magazine and anthologies. Her first collection of poetry, If I’d Known, will be available late summer, 2021. She lives in the Comox Valley, BC.