Jan Marquart

The Destination

I buried my father on
an August rainy day in
and pretended the two
overweight workers
were sliding his casket
into a subway car
my rose thrown on top
so he could travel
to a town that let him
dance and laugh and eat his favorite foods
in order to want
my own life.

Jan Marquart is the author of eleven books and has had her poems, articles, essays, and shortstories published online and in print.