Saturday, July 18, 2009

I wish for no gentle epitaph

I wish for no gentle epitaph
as I drown in my sweat
I am now the stuff of lewd jokes
which will bring me shame
my inner voices compel me
to do the right thing and stand by it
today I am homeless in the world
tomorrow I would end up
six feet under the ground
various kinds of worms vying for me

"nature's choiciest plan for me"

37 comments:

Michelle Johnson said...

Very strong epitaph. Even in death something vies for our attention. Hope all is well. Have a great day.

linda may said...

We return to the earth from whence we came, sounds like justice to me, and a chance to feed back to which we have come from.

anthonynorth said...

A plan we cannot escape there.

Lyrically speaking said...

Wow, impressive!!

murat11 said...

GT, I like this poem a lot, particularly the third and last lines - they're hot!

sarah haliwell said...

this is very good indeed. I love the whole concept.

venus66 said...

Hi, very deep. Hope you are doing pretty good there. Take care.

Stan Ski said...

A plan we can't change.

Old Grizz said...

the worst plan of all..one's demise
but if any blogger makes lewd joke about you after you have completed your time here, I will get the world
of bloggers to destroy them.. the worms...I guess you will be stuck with them

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Very dark, my friend. Almost defeatist.

spacedlaw said...

A very dark poem (I hope all is well with you) and a common fate.

songofsea said...

Well eventually that's God's plan for all of us....isnt it?

SandyCarlson said...

The circumstances that shape us--sometimes the indifference feels like cruelty.

Marja said...

Ah a part of the plan of all life
Great poem

Fledgling Poet said...

This was dark and gritty...very powerful.

Nara Malone said...

Natures plan compels me not to waste energy on day-planners and housekeeping schedules, but to soak up all the life I can from every day.

Sue said...

so many strong compelling images! But the first and last lines are the best of all.

Lorraine said...

for your body only...your soul will soar :)

Quiet Paths said...

Yes, parts of us wander homeless in the world.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

a lot of truth in this...

Tarun Mitra said...

I just happened to stopped by. And I thought its a nice epitaph. Because in the end we all rot.

ThomG said...

beautiful, as always. Love the voice in this.

The Plan

Tumblewords: said...

The Final Plan. Nicely done.

Whitesnake said...

I am not a worm but will a snake do?

b said...

The biggest plan of all...a pattern we all follow each and every day. Well done...I liked this one best!

b

quin browne said...

well, that is a plan we can all, well, plan on.

AD said...

one should definitely just let nature plan :)

The Bigger Plan

Jim said...

Ah, Gautami, I still think of her often! I do wish I had been more mixed up in/with her life. Very well said.
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Bone said...

The first line ensured that I would read the rest. And the rest did not disappoint.

indicaspecies said...

Wow..powerful words! Thanks for sharing.

thisgirlremembers said...

Whew.... what a powerful piece! It cuts deep. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. (I love the first line especially - lyrical.)

lostmermaid said...

thats the masterplan !!

fourwindshaiga said...

A beautiful first line to your poem. I hope whatever you are dealing with resolves itself soon.

Bobbie said...

Interesting and deep! :D

Lynne Grossman (aka GEL) said...

Hi Gautami,
This is as strong and compelling as immovable stone and deep to the core of the earth and beyond...

gabrielle said...

It’s always a choice whether to listen to one’s own voice or the din of plurality. I admire your courage and your perspective.

The Dark Lord said...

This is such a beautiful composition.. the epitaph of the muse is strong, and goes deep... Such is the way of life..