34THPARALLEL INDIE LITMAG PRINT & DIGITAL

EULOGY FOR NILS BY JOSH SAPAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43

Nils threw a casual Molotov cocktail

into Krogers’ grocery store

to object to the Vietnam War

spending two years in the Dane County Jail,

never going back to class.


He liked to close his eyes

and listen to the roar of the crowd

from the Badgers game two blocks away

dancing with the cadence of the chants.


Nils was unusual

for the son of a surgeon.

He chose to trim trees

a hundred feet toward heaven

hoping to stay

high above the ground forever.


He taught me to be superman

for a minute

before crash landing

back to the life

we were born into.


I never knew anyone

who played so casually with weapons

and his mind

and did not believe in belief.


Nils wore his manhood

in such a tidy way

beneath an ascot

of delight.


He loved without words

and left a mark

that could be felt

but not seen.


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43

SUBWAY BY JOSH SAPAN, ISLE DE FRANCE BY MARI CASEY, TO ELECT A FISH BY ORSON SMITH, ANNIE FINDS A WAY BY HELEN REED LEHMAN, GLOBAL DREAMERS BY DIANE SAHMS-GUARNIERI, COLLECT CALL BY ELIZABETH CHRISTIE, VISITING HOURS BY ROBYN WEAVER, NIKOLINA BY SANDRA SHAPIRO.