It Was An Unattended Death
Author: Francis Santaquilani


It was an unattended death.
The universe looked the other way
In respect for her resolve.
The softball games have been cancelled
And we have the weekend to speculate
On what we couldn't spectate:
How her hair finally tossed,
The rales that went unheard,
How her toes curled, how
Her shadow cast as she hung,
How her lockermate's gasp
Unraveled the thick knot
Of silence and sent
Her secret uncoiling wildly.
It's raining on her home field
And here too, in the road city,
Where she would've played.
Not enough to cancel a softball game,
Just an appropriate amount.

------- Author's Notes -------

Dana Marie Black, a Marshall University softball player, hung herself in her team's lockeroom. She was 19.


Comments on this poem/writing:

Meridian ( -- Wednesday, January 5 2005, 05:34 pm

Sorry to hear that

Hello Francis! Sorry to hear about Dana. Words can't really express the sorrow I feel just by reading the author's notes. I can only imagine her family and friends faces when they've got the news. I send both you and them, my deepest condolences.
Sharita ( -- Wednesday, January 5 2005, 09:10 pm

Sorry for your loss

I though this was a very good poem. Sorry that it took something like this to happen in order to create it, but you did a very good job!!!
joyce ivy ( -- Friday, January 7 2005, 06:00 pm

Sorry for your loss

very sad so young to die sorry for all her friends and family thanks for sharing your work -joyce
Missy ( -- Friday, November 11 2005, 09:31 am


I Miss her every single Day!
Very good poem.
Erin Guerra ( -- Saturday, February 23 2019, 03:42 am

17 years later

I grew up with Dana. We played high school ball together. We are coming up on her 17 year anniversary and I still miss her like it was yesterday. I have a keepsake that I made with a jar of dirt from the field we played on. She will always be in my heart.
Name:                                           Remember Me

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