Green Hills Literary Lantern



When the Time Comes




My navy blue suit

hangs in the closet

at the end of the hall



for someone to die.

An empty suit is like a loaded gun

in a play that way.


My yellow tie I always wear is also at the ready.

I keep it knotted and slung over the cold


shining knob of that same door.




Brian Beatty is the author of the recent poetry collections Coyotes I Couldn't See (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016) and Brazil, Indiana (Kelsey Books, 2017). He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.