in hospitals, they don’t give you pens.
i hate the impermanence of writing
as if everything
could just be erased. forgotten.
i am used to scratching things out,
until the paper
AN ODE TO MY DEAD GOD.
of existence, or, a litany
of Reasons To Exist,
my dead God and i
sit in conversation.
i don’t need to say more,
God hears the rest before i speak it.
my dead God says nothing in return.
as if i should be grateful i was
caught red-handed, tears unshed
at my non-funeral.
i hate this pencil. it’s too small and
not nearly sharp enough.
there is no elegance in writing
with a pencil,
the words are thick and drunk,
blurring or slurring together.
i miss the days when they were
filled with lead, not graphite,
but thanks to the Herculean efforts
of one man i cannot hope
to poison myself.
my dead God asked if i could stop
calling them my dead God.
i say i’ll stop when their people
stop using their name
to justify the death of my people.
when God stops being the reason
people can’t have rights.
when God steps in to stop
all this nonsense
my dead God relents.
my hand is hurting.
this poem is over.
i bet you wanted a happier ending.
ask my dead God.