My family will speak in duty
muted by the decision-making weight.
Burial or cremation.
Caskets, vaults, urns.
Chapel, synagogue, home.
They will dismiss my desires
as the outcome of a
I prefer an aboriginal approach.
Place my unused body in the crotch
of a basswood tree.
Raven will dip his beak into my eyes
like the Sunday morning three-minute egg.
Eagle will find the filets in my right thigh.
Oriole will pluck and weave gray hairs
into her nest basket.
All winged ones will take their
After flesh is consumed
and bones tumble
squirrels, chipmunks, mice, voles
will mine their calcium.
When nothing is left but dust,
let the wind carry the remains
to final resting places.