Monday, January 9, 2023


Final Arrangements

This older couple was telling

Me about how they had already

Purchased their cemetery plot 

Successful people, educated,

Had paid off all their loans 

Pillars of some sub-average community

Don't get me wrong:

It’s the right thing to do

An act of dispassionate probity

Sparing mourning children

The undignified task

Of final arrangements 

But I’ve already decided

It’s cremation for me; no one’s

Putting my corpse in the wet ground. 

Being similarly disposed 

Toward responsible stewardship

I know it’s time for me to pick a fire 

Nothing too garishly infernal 

A simple blaze with licking flames

Hot enough to ash my bones


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