Let me a leaf from a tree go into the earth
before the snow is deep
and my mind in dementia freezes over,
let me fall like snow to water
leave as I could not live
my soul in the hands of love,
no regret for the ill I’ve done
and learned from
and no cemetery please,
let the sea be my grave.
Tell this to greedy Death & Company
with their discounts on cremations
their headstone coupons in the mail:
You should be ashamed
from the soon to be dead,
but they never are when it’s
any way to make a buck
in the good old USA.
The Tibetans have it right
A sky burial: put the body to use
hack it up, give it to the real vultures.
Rayn Roberts 2014
“I Got a Coupon for a Discounted Cremation in the Mail Today ” first appeared in the San Diego Poetry Annual page 106.