Steven Kent


Funeral for a Friend

We’ve got to get together soon,
We say at tragic times like this.
It’s been so long, I don’t know why.
Hey, call me Monday afternoon!

More idle chat, a goodbye kiss—
How versed we are, both you and I,
In all the same well-meaning lies
We’ll tell the next time someone dies.

Steven Kent is the poetic alter ego of author and musician Kent Burnside ( His work appears in 251, Asses of Parnassus, The Journal of Formal Poetry, Light, Lighten Up Online, New Verse News, OEDILF, Philosophy Now, Pulsebeat Poetry Journal, and Snakeskin. His collection I Tried (And Other Poems, Too) was published in 2023 by Kelsay Books.