Not Dead Enough
Youa hair shirt without apology, a necklace
that makes skin break out in rash, your piece
of mind given like bleach to remove personality
stains. Scrape pumpkin pie filling off the crust,
tell your young grandchildren to clean your kitchen.
Rap your cup on the table, Coffee. Now! Phone
married daughters at five in the morning, ring
the doorbell after midnight and expect a guest bed.
Write bad checks to bounce between towns. Happiest
with a gun in your hands shooting gophers or verbally
slicing a college Democrat until he cries as if
chopping onions. Even happier flinging a Hardees
breakfast sandwich back at the minimum-wage server –
The damn bacon isnt crisp enough. Do it over. Make
suicide threats on the phone, then grin when sons
arrive. Now I have your attention, punch line to a joke.
Dead nowour pancreas wasnt kidding. Omit a daughters
name in your will, another riddle? From the grave, unpaid
loans you swindled from friends we children must pay.
Kin stays in skin no matter how much I scratch.