Dayna Hodge Lynch

Friends with the Undertaker

He greeted me 
toothy hellos each week 
as my friends began to feed the earth
like candy floss slipping through 
the mouths of loved ones 

He made sure they were comfortable 
made sure the earth would tether them
when the storms came
made sure they would not wash up
clawing their way to the surface
to feel the sun again

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Dayna Hodge Lynch (she/they) is a poet from North Carolina. Dayna is a Black femme who writes to explore life. Dayna received their B.A. in English, a minor in African and African-American Studies at Loyola University of New Orleans, and their MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. Her work can be found in Rattle and Kissing Dynamite and on