To Be

by Andrea Laws

The King’s coffin
mantles the undying being’s mouth
like innocence taken by whispering raindrops
donated along the wall of cancer

No notion of cause or well-being
just there; out of politeness, we share
folding chairs to count the numbers,
only to brag the statistics in hell

Footprints of one to carry
when left-to-have footprints
disappeared in the murky mud of
“To be.”


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Andrea Laws currently resides in Lawrence, KS, writing technical documents for the Kansas University Endowment Association. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2008, with a BA in English and a BA in Film Studies. Her work has appeared in three compiled books of poetry including: Whispers VII: A Collection of Short Works, Stars in Our Hearts, and International Who's Who in Poetry: 2012 Edition. She continues to update her poetry blog at

Last updated February 18, 2016