The third in eight days.
Penelope, how can a life be reduced to facts,
and those so few? And used to compare you
with those who died just before you.
Is not even your death yours alone?
April 13, lost to violence
which, it turns out means
beaten and hanged to death
at the Bayamon correctional complex,
a men’s prison in Puerto Rico.
A men’s prison, Penelope.
Why did it take two weeks
to announce your death?
I have more questions than answers
Penelope, not even an image of you
survives to those like me, an outsider
Penelope: weaver, faithful,
long suffering, wise and wily,
your name is strong. Did you weave
and unravel your own shroud
as the days passed to stave off crude
suitors? My mind stops at your end.