Inspired by Maggie Estep’s poem, I am An Emotional Idiot
Last Day on Earth
Alice, my dear
Said the Jabberwocky
This is your last day on Earth…
Today! I’m not ready!
I need to
Inspect the dandelion heads
Inhale a dozen maybe ten roses
Fall in love
I want to find a vase big enough
A hose long enough to
Water the moon
Grow a friend tree in Brooklyn
Push back the dark covers
of the past
Reach out to the happy branch
to break the fall
I want to converse with my peers
I want to be passionate
and never shy
I want to find a cure for disease and insanity
because we all need
to survive our inhumanity here on Earth.
So, no I’m not going…..
I could check it out and come back
because I have a list, you see,
there are Birthdays and weddings
and Easter is coming
I got to be here for that
I mean even Jesus came back for that, right?
And I have this run in my sweater
that I’ve been meaning to fix
only I don’t have the right color thread
so I’ve got to see if I can find it
at the Dollar Store even though Spring is coming and I won’t need that sweater till next winter but I want to be ready
this weather here is crazy and besides
they don’t have Dollar Store’s where we’re going, do they?
So no I can’t go….not now
certainly not today
okay? Not that I’m asking, mind you
Are there any clubs where we’re going?
I’m a joiner, so if there isn’t anyone else going
I’ll have to take a rain check
I guess I could start my own club
But no…too much to do right here
So thanks but I’ll stay
So BYE, see you around