Kris Spencer

Funeral Song

I hold a piece
of fallen headstone.

Rubbing the dirt away
I see letters

but not the words
that marked a life.

The trace of the chisel
is still sharp in the stone;

the surface smoothed
and finished

by a hand made hard
from working.

I drop the rock.
There is enough here, I say.

Kris Spencer is a teacher and writer. Brought up in Bolton, he now lives in London where he is a Head Teacher. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a thread running through his written work is landscape. Inspired to write poetry when an ex-pupil came to talk to some of his pupils about her poetry during lockdown and via Zoom. He has written seven books, most published by OUP, and many magazine articles.