Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Death Deal

Thanks to The Writers Almanac -- The Death Deal by Ron Padgett

Ever since that moment
when it first occurred
to me that I would die
(like everyone on earth!)
I struggled against
this eventuality, but
never thought of
how I'd die, exactly,
until around thirty
I made a mental list:
hit by car, shot
in head by random ricochet,
crushed beneath boulder,
victim of gas explosion,
head banged hard
in fall from ladder,
vaporized in plane crash,
dwindling away with cancer,
and so on. I tried to think
of which I'd take
if given the choice,
and came up time
and again with He died
in his sleep.
Now that I'm officially old,
though deep inside not
old officially or otherwise,
I'm oddly almost cheered
by the thought
that I might find out
in the not too distant future.
Now for lunch.

"The Death Deal" by Ron Padgett, from How Long. © Coffee House Press, 2011.

1 comment:

Char Elle En, ACSW said...

I love it! I'm a retirement coach and folks I work with are often terrified of death. This poem could offer a lighter side of the subject for them!

Char Elle En, ACSW
Transition/Retirement Coach
Next In Life Coaching, LLC
"Never Retire Your Dreams!"