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Don’t sell me funeral plots
on late night television
if the end is already in sight

am I supposed to pull the sheets up to my neck,
count to zero,
smile, and cease?

no

keep your pills, in all their pretty colors:
celebrex, propecia, allegra, lipitor, zanex, viagra
keep them for scrabble
keep your rogaine, your facelifts
keep your death insurance
keep your graveyard reservations

hit me running.

let me go down swinging

make it a sport:

give me a ten-minute head start
and an obstacle course.

place a beautiful girl on the far side of a mine field
and whisper, “she wants to kiss you”

target me on my feet
dodging doomsday’s in slow-mo bullet time

let me duel the grim reaper in a poetry slam

but let me lay where i fall
let the buzzards and coyotes
pick apart my bones
don’t stuff me and sew me up
waste my estate on alcohol for my wake
not formaldehyde
instead of wood for a coffin,
build me a funeral pyre
and set me ablaze like a pagan-warrior-king
sing songs,
roast marshmallows,
get drunk,
and recite your poetry
by the time we’re done
the grim reaper will beg for a vacation

i don’t have to win,
but let me believe I have a chance at immortality
even if the probability is one a billion.
those are good odds
if I’m the one

those who believe in death will die first

if I believe I’m going to live forever,
if I believe I can fly
I just might

so from the chickens before me,
sucking in their pot-bellies,
grooming their comb-overs,
I’ll craft wings from their plucked feathers
reach cruising altitude alongside Icarus
but outrace the sun

light doesn’t have the speed to catch me

these lungs won’t stop breathing,
these cells will break open replacements
this heart will beat out of sheer will
to last longer than timex or twinkies
and endure eternity
just to see how this story ends
and whether
the hero gets the girl
or a bullet to the brain

I will hold onto immortality
by my fingernails and the skin of my teeth
past the all epochs and ages and armageddons
so I can see if the end
begins the beginning all over again
or does the whole thing backwards
or upside down with inverted colors
or just stops
like in the Twilight Zone,
one second before the apocalypse

but my bet is that i
will finally sober up
take my medication
set the alarm
roll over
and turn the television off
2:00AM television offers life insurance, motorized scooters, insulin, body wraps, work out routines, diet plans, medications, hairwaxing, and plastic surgery. I want reruns of the Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, and cartoons. Just let us grow old and die naturally.
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Given 2004-07-03
HIT ME RUNNING by ~foxthepoetis the new anthem for culture zombies everywhere. It’s the hard-hitting, fast-paced tale of a man who’s ready to take on anything from the grim reaper to the apocalypse to the ever-intimidating opposite sex – and he’ll do it all from the couch in front of his television set. Hey, man, lay off the meds. You’ll wear yourself out. ( Suggested by wildoats and Featured by euphoria )
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SLenDErsUMmeRSevE Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome. :D

2 am television can go suck a left nut.
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xXMusic-MuseXx Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolute genius, I have to say.
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Blew me and my mind apart.
You earned yourself a fav, a watch, and a helicopter engine-like applause.
Bravo.
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Vivifyingly Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
+Watch
+Fav
+<3
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Dancing-Naked Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011   General Artist
I'd love to post parts of this (with full credit to you, and your brilliance) over at [link] if you don't mind.
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foxthepoet Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Writer
Go for it. You can link to my blog, too, if you want. I post poetry and poetry commentary, critique and other bits there.
[link]
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miserabel Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Woah. Really nice read, I couldn't let go of it once I started reading :)
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Illusion-Factory Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
that was a rush and I loved every second of it.

On a slightly related note this reminded me that my friends and I have a standing pact to go to each other's funerals and turn them into parties. Let's celebrate the life and not mourn the death.
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MusicalAlchemy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist
There are no real words for a poem that can make you feel so much in such a short space of time, oter than - Thank You. It flows, and the sentiments behind it i can believe in whole-heartedly. Truth in a sentence:

Those who believe in death with die first
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katypi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009

those who believe in death will die first
perfect.
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