Guessing My Death [excerpt]


by choking in
11 years
4 months
2 weeks
6 days
12:18 pm
when i win the lottery
i want my legs amputated
and two beautiful peg legs
wooden of course
Frank Sherlock says it's
a very bad idea
he says i should
i want peg legs but
he says i'll regret it
he might be right
but what i really
want is to have my
real legs (the ones
i don't want)
cremated because
what i really want
is to scatter
my own
i thought about getting
liposuction and having
the fat cremated
but it's not
the same
because i can
eat more
doughnuts and
grow it back
it doesn't count
it HAS to be
missing for
good you
but to
spread my
own ashes is something
i love thinking about
and the cheerful
sound of my
peg legs on
From A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon by CAConrad. Copyright 2012 by CAConrad. Reprinted with permission of Wave Books. All rights reserved.

Poems by This Author

(Soma)tic 1: Anoint Thyself by CAConrad
Visit the home of a deceased poet you admire
(Soma)tic 21: Touch Yourself for Art by CAConrad
There must be a piece of art near where you live
(Soma)tic 5: Storm SOAKED Bread by CAConrad
Sit outside under shelter of a doorway, pavilion, or umbrella on a park bench
Confetti Allegiance: Love Letter to Jim Brodey by CAConrad
Is there a deceased poet who was alive in your lifetime but you never met

Further Reading

Poems about the Body
A Hand
by Jane Hirshfield
After tagging the dust your body is made of
by Jen Tynes
by Monica Ferrell
by Matthew Schwartz
Brokeheart: Just like that
by Patrick Rosal
Danse Russe
by William Carlos Williams
by Afaa M. Weaver
For the Man with the Erection Lasting More than Four Hours
by John Hodgen
Ghost in the Land of Skeletons
by Christopher Kennedy
by Marilyn Hacker
homage to my hips
by Lucille Clifton
Human Atlas
by Marianne Boruch
I Sing the Body Electric
by Walt Whitman
In the Surgical Theatre
by Dana Levin
Love Letter to a Stranger
by Jenny Browne
Multiple Man: Guest-starring me & you
by Gary Jackson
My Skeleton
by Jane Hirshfield
Post-Dissertation-Intervention (i.)
by Ronaldo Wilson
Self-Portrait in a Wire Jacket
by Monica Youn
Slight Tremor
by Linda Gregerson
Textbook & Absence (Anatomy)
by Catherine Barnett
The Tongue
by Chris Martin
These Hands, If Not Gods
by Natalie Diaz
With Child
by Genevieve Taggard