IF I FALL INTO THE ARMS OF DEATH

Photographed by Shika and Randy
Photographed by Shika and Randy

If I fall into the centre circle of breathlessness
Please be gentle with the leftovers
For it has carried me well
It took my sorrows
And suffered as such
It took my hurts and bore my scars
It took me places and left good traces
It might not be much
But it served me well

II
If I fall into the centre circle of breathlessness
Bath my leftovers like a royal queen
Smear it with the richest pomade
And scent it with an incense well scented

Like the one one of the three shepherds
Presented to Jesus
Pedicure it
But leave its face natural
Even with breath, this soul abused it not
With any caricature
And wear it a beautiful white dress
Not one bought for a man
One sewn to fit
For angels to allow it a seat

III
The breath which these codify would have flown but
Put the well dressed leftovers
In a coffin built in words of wood
Words which spell goodness
Lined and polished by tears of love
And send it whole without butchering
Without feeling the burdens of cold
Without further abuse
Without words of doom
And lay me in the security
Of huge soldier roots
Roots whose master palms
Will host beautiful bird songstresses
As their leaves act like royal fans
To inspire my soul when it gives it a visit
And write my earth name
With the inscription “Here lies the great body that housed a great being”
Instead of flowers
Pour it a gin when you get the time to visit
For it did serve
It did serve me well
Even though the world’s troubled lashes lashed it to scars
As its thorns pierced it to suffered blood
It really worked hard
And carried burdens told and untold
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

8 thoughts on “IF I FALL INTO THE ARMS OF DEATH

  1. Wow, this is really a great work. I love the raw humanity in examining the life lived to the best of one’s ability. I really love this as it feels as if we may be sitting in a cafe’ somewhere speaking of our end wishes for the shell we leave behind. Great job!

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