Everyone’s a Cemetery

Cole Depuy


We box and bury
our bodies like treasure

or burn them
like books.

A casket too strong
for a coyote to claw,

six feet too deep
for worms to reach,

the carbon and ash
nothing but heavy smoke.

No paranoia, vault
or scripture

can make sense
of this theft.




Cole Depuy’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Penn Review, Boston Accent, Heartwood, pacificREVIEW and elsewhere. He is a Ph.D. student at SUNY Binghamton’s Creative Writing Program and recipient of the Provost’s Doctoral Summer Fellowship.