I hear they have placed
A pretty blue plaque
High above your flat
So that tourists can find you
And say that this is the spot
Where you killed yourself.
Lucky girl, you modern Sappho
To take the quantum leap
Like a comet to take your place
Among the darkest regions of empty space
With a brilliance that few can keep
And even less the mind to know
Where no dull planet can perturb you
As fallen flowers have no faces.
Clinton Van Inman was born in Walton on Thames, England in 1945 and received his BA from San Diego State in 1977. He is a high school teacher in Tampa Bay and plans to retire at the end of the school year. He lives in Sun City, Florida with his wife, Elba.