November 2, Dia de los Muertos
An invitation in the mail, (1)
Free dinner: therein lurks a tale.
It’s time to plan for when I go.
Are statisticians on my trail?
It’s time to plan for when I go?
Do they know something I don’t know?
Invited by a funeral home
To a free dinner and slide show.
A dinner by a funeral home:
It’s not to feed a gastronome
But guide my planning for the time
I rest beneath the sandy loam.
Should I be planning for the time
When rhythm fails as well as rhyme?
Have I appeared on someone’s list
Of games that are in overtime?
And could I ask, “Who keeps that list?
“Were there some warning signs I’ve missed?
“Or is the list just based on age,
“A number that can’t be dismissed?”
Was I invited based on age?
Does that suggest my time on stage
Might soon be coming to a close,
My script now on its final page?
Is my time coming to a close,
The end of joys, the end of woes?
And, who knows something I don’t know?
Free dinner, as I decompose.
- On Dia de los Muertos, my wife and I received an invitation from a funeral society to a free dinner at a local restaurant to plan for our “final arrangements.”