a single forget-me-not…

as a poet
i have decided
to
fade away
quite
gracefully
merging
into the woodwork
but
leaving
a rather
irritating stain
deep
into the fibers
of life
not
removable
by sanding
and
far
too costly
to replace
i absolutely
see
no need
for me
to
change
completely
because of a little thing
called
death

autopsy…

after collecting
the
appropriate
background data
by
consulting
medical records
doctors
and
family members
as well
as
the location
and
circumstances
of
the death
additional data
were obtained
by
carefully
measuring
personal characteristics
of
the author
eye color
ethnicity
sex
and
age
only then
were
small incisions
made
at
the base
of
the poem
searching
for residual
evidence
for
why
the poem
was
rejected
for
publication