A Poem by emipoemi

If I could any animal

Become postmortem, I

Would like to be a fish, and drift

About low tides and high.


They’ll lure you with their baited hooks,

They’ll trap you in their trawls.

They’ll sear you in their pots and pans,

And stick your scales on shawls.


If I could any animal

Become postmortem, I

Would like to be a bird, and fly

Across the boundless sky.


They’ll fell and devastate your home,

They’ll taint and blight your air.

They’ll strip you of your feathering

To stuff the winter wear.


If I could any animal

Become postmortem, I

Would like to be a deer, and run

Through thicket, glade, and rye.


They’ll blind you with their beaming lights,

They’ll limit where you roam.

They’ll hunt you on Thanksgiving Day,

And hang your head at home.


If I could any animal

Become postmortem, I

Would like to be a cat, and dwell

With comfort ever by.


They’ll scorn you for your idleness,

They’ll seldom heed your mews.

They’ll amputate your private parts,

And scar you ’til you bruise.


Then there’s not any animal

Without a threat in life-

Not even humans are exempt

From hazards, harm, and strife.


Thus if I any animal

Become postmortem, I

Would merely want to be with you,

For, then, I’ll never die.


© 2017 emipoemi

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There are touches of this and its repeated theme that go back to childhood poems. I love the "discomfort" of the word flow in the first 2 lines of each new animal. I also like your summary painting of the good aspects of being each animal, and then the downsides brought about by human activity.

It's a sad tale but true, and I love the way it brings you to someone close. For then I'll never die - lovely. However, I might not show this to that loved one as they may think that you only chose them after considering everything else!

Nice job

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That's not particularly the message of the last line, if you understand that this poem to be a dialo.. read more
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OK I didn't get that. I can now see that it could be read as 4 pairs of 'statement and response' ve.. read more

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Added on November 18, 2017
Last Updated on November 18, 2017
Tags: poetry, poem, reincarnations, love, absurd.



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