The use of humor in poetry should not be underestimated… So, today I wanted to write a piece that uses humor to consider a dark subject- our own death– from a less dire perspective:
When death comes knocking
I hope I’m so old and haggard
I’ll welcome any gentleman caller.
My willowed frame will bend
To the graceful curve of his scythe,
I’ll take his hand and say let’s go!
I’ll let him know I’ve had a good time.
On a separate note, the poet I’m high-fiving today is Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin’s poet laureate for 2011-2012. One of his poems is featured on the back cover of the 2015 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. It’s a simple, clever haiku and proof that a small poem can carry a wallop. It makes me smile each time I read it.