the yellow fog

PITH.YELLOW-FOG2I saw a human
form laid out
flat against the hard
asphalt pavement of coastal
Highway 1 today

wrapped in
a yellow body bag,
the bag’s edges, like wings,
fluttered against the profile
of a face frozen in

death in the ocean
breeze, The Rock beyond,

barely visible,
wrapped in its own shroud
of yellow fog.

—Stacey Warde

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