apache tears

Jason Hackett

The tears of Apache wives 

               wept deep into the mountainside,


Plenty enough to fill 

               the white boys’ tin buckets –


               plunk, plunk, plunk.


Hold a stone teardrop in your palm 

               and you never have to weep again,


It does all the weeping for you, 

               legend has it.


Real bones at the base of the cliff,

               warriors too proud to die indignantly, 


Now forgotten relics picked over

               in the afterlife, 


Unnamed gravestones of shadowy translucence 

               caught between eye and sun, 


Incur happiness in the innocence 

               of not knowing. 


The tears’ only inclusions, 

               mourning, imperfections 


Rock tumblers and history books 

               can easily spin a shine on – 


               plunk, plunk, plunk.

Jason Hackett is a small business owner, father of four and sleep deprived. His poems can be found in The Journal of American Poetry, Slippery Elm Literary Journal, Scarlet Leaf Review, Cholla Needles, Crack the Spine, Mental Papercuts, Blue River Review and Sky Island Journal.