Every month, Cosmographia partners with NinaAlvarez.net to publish a "transcendent" poem plus offer the winning poet a $50 prize.
Annette Gagliardi is the winner of the NinaAlvarez.net Poem of the Month Contest, May 2018.
Annette has been writing poetry since the early 1980s and has been published in various magazines, area newspapers, and anthologies, and has won poetry awards. She visits elementary classrooms and shares poetry lessons, writing, and gives talks about her two children’s books. You can learn more about her at http://www.annettegagliardi.com
This World Is a Grave
by Annette Gagliardi
It was Jude Nutter who wrote,
“The world is a grave. With all its exits
barred.”* And I wondered
how she knew at such a young age
the vagaries of existence –
the desolation and destruction.
I wondered how she knew the cost
of living a life that seems daily like a death –
our contrite confessions aside, there must be more
that allows us to soar above our mundane
toil than this coiled, curling crypt.
I wondered how anyone ever knew
this and why more of us are not scarred
or scared shitless.
-read the whole poem at NinaAlvarez.net
To submit to the Poem of the Month contest: https://cosmographia.submittable.com/submit/93803/poem-of-the-month-contest