are you being served….

are you being served

can you wrap
your
mind
around
your
own death
that
moment
when
you
no longer
exist
and
all those
platitudes
of
eternal life
are
put to the test
now
no longer
esoteric
pulpit
biblical proclamations
but
your
attempted
entry
into
the unknown
as
an undocumented
refugee
of
life
what
will
your
border crossing
be
like
will you be held
in
a detention shelter
with
only
the most basic
of
perpetuity’s needs
death’s
version
of
mylar emergency blankets
or
will you
have
to
wait
outside
in
some enclave
on
the border
for
lost souls
awaiting
your
service number
to
be called
and
processed
oh
i’d answer
these
questions
but
none
of
the dearly departed
have
answered
my
emails

 

 

refugee’s journey to freedom…

he said
death ain’t
that
bad
but
dying was
quite
complicated
found myself
and
family
in one of those
no man lands
between
two nations
we had left horror
only
to find
that
horror
had followed
our footsteps
winter’s frigid hands
took
our first child
while
the second died
of
that new virus
well
that’s what we
suspected
since
no one
was testing
nor
for that matter
considering us
suppose
it didn’t help
that she
hadn’t eaten
much that last week
my wife
the elders said
died
of a broken heart
such things
are hard to prove
but
having such losses
and
being seen
as
subhuman
may add
some validity
to
their belief
as for me
i drowned
crossing the border
my body
was swept
out to sea
no need
for a burial
in
another
unmarked grave
so you see
being dead
ain’t
all that bad
but
dying
well
that was
complicated

 

median nerve damage…

median nerve damage

an injury
to my hand
resulted in
a severed nerve
and
although
it healed well
some numbness remains
not feeling everything
has its advantages
for it takes
a certain level
of pain
to produce a response
i imagine
it’s why
some nations
don’t seem
to respond
to human needs
a severed nerve
in their souls