so what’s the difference…

so what's the difference

so
here’s
the thing
i’m gonna be
dead
soon
without
any
written
or
signed
guarantee
by
all parties
concerned
about
what
does
or
does not
happen
next
that
to me
is
not
the
promised afterlife
but
what
i’ve been
living
for
years

empty shell…

words
from
the altar
life after death
images
of
an egyptian pharaoh
sailing
to
the afterlife
aboard
a
felucca
following
embalming
and
funeral festivities
but
burial goods
acquired
during life
and
necessary after death
according
to scripture
have been updated
for
today’s
funeral procession participants
burial goods
are kept
at
a bare minimum
just
the shirt on the back
and
a one-time
favorite
black suit
or
dress
is
deemed
all that’s necessary
the rest
are the spoils
of
government
and
suddenly
concerned family members
of
the
dearly
departed
members
of
life’s invisible family
now
shedding
copious
and
very visible tears
during
the
funerary text
salty secretion
most likely
due
to
indigestion
from
airport food
cheap sustenance
ingested
during
the trip
to claim
some
share
of
the postmortem booty
but
with
slumped silhouettes
and
carefully staged tears
these
family members
engender
words
of
comfort
from
naive observers
and
men
of
organized gods
parish soothsayers
also seeking
a portion
of
death’s plunder
but
alas
there
was
a trust
providing
as little as the law allows
to
each
pandering predator
in
the pews
the
rest
to charity
the grave robbers
have
arrived
too late

 

governmental affairs…

one of these mornings
i’m
not
gonna wake up
the condition
i believe
is
called
death
other than
the precise data
regarding
the hour
nature
and
conditions
of
the body
at
that moment
little
has been
documented
regarding
the
agenda
and
provisions
following
death
this seems
to me
to be
an oversight
by
whomever
or
whatever
controls
governmental affairs
of
the afterlife
well
now
there’s
an assumption
afterlife
you see
we have
no solid evidence
or
personal testimony
of
that state
of
soulful residency
of course
this
makes appropriate
preparation
difficult
if
not
impossible
therefore
i believe
that
the government
should
petition
the powers to be
to provide
said
information
before
we
the citizens
have to
participate
further
our
elected officials
should
go first
to establish
appropriate
representation
with
the new administration

complicity…

another child
died
today
witnesses said
no one else
was on the bridge
as the body
sailed into
the afterlife
but
i tell you
the child
was pushed
by your hand
and mine
because
we
did not
reach out
to grasp
the fragile thread
of hope
that held
the child
to this world