Send Me Out!

don’t let that be me

that poor fool stuck in

some ugly padded

box of wood or metal

just to be dropped in

a hole in the ground

left to slowly rot

crushed in between

two souls I don’t know

.

instead, send me out

into death’s cold grip

in a glorious

blaze that reaches out

into the cosmos

releasing what’s left

to the firmament

as I blindly throw

sparks out at the stars

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I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on November 10, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 64 Comments.

  1. In a much less eloquent manner, I say, Ditto!

  2. I like a sparky poem!

  3. Don’t worry we’ll burn ya! 😉

  4. Sounds like brave Beowulf singing. Awesome!

  5. Very nice! Sounds like a great way to go out!! and why not 🙂

  6. i want to be able to sit and have my presence felt as my children are consistently reminded of my discernment. I shall live on…

  7. Blazing away is my way too!

  8. I feel that a response will be forthcoming. Being somewhat older than you I have often thought what my end would be like. It seems that I wrote my own obituary as part of a class assignment some years back. If I can locate it I will try to share it and if not I will try to rewrite it and post it in a few days. Thanks for giving me another topic!!

  9. Resonates with many people at some time in their lives. 🙂

  10. That was lovely. I recently read that you can be turned into a tree. Something about putting our ashes in the potting soil. 🙂

  11. Much fun to read suggestions from others. Got me thinking about how to create an astral funeral pyre and talk my kids into putting me on it.

  12. Yeah I wanna be cremated then have the ashes divided among my 3 kids so they don’t have to go visit my grave and all that stuff. Plus I don’t like cemeteries so why would I want anyone to come there just to see if the stone with my name on it is still upright!

  13. I find Western funeral traditions repulsive. My wife and I insist that nothing be done once we a dead. No funeral whatsoever. And certainly no coffin.

    • Thank you, John! 🙂 Those traditions are repulsive and silly. Maybe a memorial service or a wake wouldn’t be too terrible but certainly don’t waste the money on a funeral for me.

  14. I like this No more ADAM and Eve (A Dam on the Evening/Night)

  15. (Xioliablue Anne Bauldevaire)

    These actually both the same things though (one just doesn’t know it)

  16. I have also always wanted to go out in a blaze of glory lol I love your work

  17. Wow love the pictures you paint John!

  18. Credit where it’s due 🙂

  19. “… blindly throw
    sparks out at the stars.”
    This is the piece I like most – especially the word “blindly”

  20. Burned on a pyre beneath a full moon. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? My 87-year-old dad wants a Viking funeral and I totally get it!

  21. Ahhh…the Viking funeral…! 🙂

  22. This is beautiful and resonates deeply with me, I have always felt the same way.
    I recently lost my like minded Aunt/Mother to cancer. We did as she wished and now her humanly remains,which are nothing more than ash, travel freely.

    By the way, if you haven’t already you should watch the movie Grand Theft Parsons, based on the musicians death and his final resting place.

  23. I appreciate the conversational tone of your poetry. While you explore ritual ceremonies of death in the U.S., you are simultaneously engaging the reading to participate in the themes of your writing.

    Comments aside, I think a Viking burial is what you’re looking for in the next life. Want to build a ship?!?

    • Thank you so much! 🙂 I admit to being influenced by Bukowski – almost to a fault. Writing narrative has become almost such a comfort that it has become a crutch to an extent. As for the Viking funeral…I’m not sure. It would be a great and unique way to check out but I may become a donor to medical research and forego the whole thing. But building a ship? That could almost make me rethink everything. 😉 It’s great to meet you!

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