Stirring : A Literary Collection

Claudia Grinnell


Iíve been dead
for fours days now,
and Iím feeling pretty
good.  The smell
is difficult, of course,
so keep your distance
or dab me
with that expensive perfume,
The Good Life
in the green bottle.
They tell me that in a month
or so (three at the most)
Iíll be down to bone,
and then dustówell, you know
the drill.  Well, maybe you donít,
thatís the reason youíre here,
asking whatís it like, you know,
being dead and all.  Death is
contagious, you catch it
when a yellow butterfly
begins to nest in your brain,
gnaws at your corpus collosum.
Butterflies are highly underrated
in the process
of death.  Just say No-
vember and donít turn
on the lights.  It wonít help,
of course.  Even Orpheus turned.

Claudia Grinnell
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
Publications: Exquisite Corpse, Princeton Arts Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, Recursive Angel, Blue Moon Review

Stirring : A Literary Collection

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