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The Day I Die...


by Marie Rennard





(Swans - February 9, 2009)  

The day I die,

I'll go striding barefoot

On the paths of heaven

Tread down unfading asphodels.

I hope these flowers are thornless

And as smelly

As Patterson's curse is

Though they are not thistles

But lily-like flowers

Full of high lineage.

The wayside will be soft,

All covered with white sand

Fine and warm like West Indies' ones.

And in the air, blue scents of Havana

Will draw uneven clouds of smoke.

There will be some music of course

Not necessarily tunes of ukulele

— I also love post-mortem blues

Which may be perfectly fitting

The thoughts whirling into my mind

Someday soon,

The day I die.


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