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How will you feel when you die?
Will you laugh or will you cry?
Burned to ash or in the earth?
What’s it to you? What’s it worth?

But have you thought, I wonder?
What’s it like to go under?
Rest in peace, don’t you assume?
Urn placed in a noisy room?

What if your neighbor’s a bore?
Or she has an awful snore?
What if you can still feel pain?
Have an itch or poorly lain?

What if your legs need a stretch?
Read a book or make a sketch?
Fulfill an urge? Take a piss?
How will you cope with all this?

Losing your eyes and your hair?
What about the smell down there?
What if someone kicks your urn?
Covered in mold or a worm?

What if you get tummy groans?
Or a dog digs up your bones?
What if someone likes bone stew?
Uses your ash for a hue?

Makes your marrow into salt?
How will this be made to halt?
So much to consider, yes?
Isn’t it a horrid mess?

You won’t despair this, will you?
Something else you’d rather do?
That’s not the game, don’t you know?
Where else would you like to go?

Perhaps there’s another way?
What is this nonsense you say?
Where but in the ground to lie?
What else to do, but to die?
This poem was a bit of an experiment. I wanted to try writing a humourous poem about death and dying under the strict rules that each line had to be seven syllables and a question (though, admittedly, some of the lines aren't questions in the strictest sense). And, of course, I like to rhyme (which I know isn't very fashionable in this "Modern Age").

I don't write poetry often, though I do love a good poem when it's well done. For myself, I think I'm a decent poet, at best, but I uploaded this to my website with a short blog post just yesterday (I post a new blog entry every Wednesday on It seemed to get a better response than I thought it would, so, I thought I'd share it here. I hope you all enjoy it too.

J. M. DeSantis
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SapientiaXIII Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
I actually quite liked it! Nice.
jmdesantis Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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May 15, 2014