This time of year, the words on everyone’s lips are, No, no, not now. Speaking of the dead; they come from a long, venerable line. But who’s counting? Not even the mathematicians. A similar method is used in slaughterhouses. I’ll spare you the details. My advice to you, Stay focused. One size fits all. Although many quantum theorists say we should abandon any notion of cause and effect, nothing succeeds like success. Discreetly, I whisper to Mr. Ruby, Pull up the hearse. And wouldn’t you know it? Just like that.
Appears in the American Journal of Poetry, January 1, 2021