Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Problem of Burying the Dead

Tell your children when they’re born
That now someone will have to bury them,
Death more clearly foreseen, more demonstrable
than birth.
Every time a person is born, a problem is created, re:
who will bury them.
They cannot bury themselves
(so much for bootstraps)
And their progenitors are never
happy volunteers.

In fact, it is usually the progenitors
seeking solutions to their own burial problems
who compound the problem of their own birth.
Someone has to bury them,

so they breed.

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