Poemdog

Dogs 2018

A GOOD WAY TO GO
(2/7/18)

pain killers

he said

she overdosed
on pain killers

patches
actually

he seemed
glad
for her

as if
somehow
she were
less dead

she had
suffered plenty
before becoming
a med mummy

no doubt

but now

the next
day

she is simply
gone

like all
those others
before her

we still
walk

talk

consider

they are
none
the poorer
for missing
such conjecture

I look about

imagine
the same scene
with my absence

a minute
vacuum
that no one
will notice
when the time
comes

from
the dearth
of reaction
to my current
presence

I may
be gone
now

merely
haunting
my body
in thought

in spirit

propping
up my form
so as not
to be buried
too soon