Bio Note: My most recent collection (Hello There, Word Poetry, Cincinnati, 2021) was awarded the 2022 Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. I am a student of Iyengar Yoga, and occasionally substitute as a yoga instructor for seniors in The Village of Shorewood, Wisconsin.
An Elucidation on Death and Dying
Not dead yet, as the happy phrase goes, though we are wondering about this, yes, as who hasn’t been wondering about this, yes, so really, perhaps we shouldn’t be so worked up, stressed out about this as sooner or later, and let’s hope it is, as sooner or later, conscious with a big scream or just fading away as so many do these days either in hospice or the other option is that everyone stopped coming around to check up on you-know- who, so then it’s possible, isn’t it, that we will request another year as there’s so much to still get done, right, as there’s always so much to get done, and who would take care of this, the basement, the attic, and before you know it, a highly paid team will be carrying just about everything out to the curb with or without our permission, and it’s really okay, isn’t it, as now we can’t use all the still unused appliances, dishes, blankets, forgotten letters which needed replies, and all those photographs perhaps someone might send them all to the local library, or on a terribly misguided hunch, the local historical society, but no, let’s get something straightened out, shall we, it’s just not going to matter anymore, is it, so can you all say this with me in unison, it’s just not going to matter anymore is it, but of course, there are a few who will whimper or worse, sob their way out of this, but really soon we’ll be gone, and then, that’s just it, we won’t have to worry about getting more time to finish up everything that needs to be finished up, and that’s all right, isn’t it, isn’t it, at least for now if anyone of us really knows what now is when soon now will not be now, ever.
©2022 DeWitt Clinton
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