Fairy Coffins


did they make
the coffins little
so death could be smaller
or further away?

for fairies you say
found between flowers or weeds
tiny mummified creatures
no larger than clothespins

when the rabbi's infant died on shabbat
it was my father the doctor they called
to make a tiny casket for on such a day
one is forbidden from "work"

The Smithsonian on Fairy Coffins