Carole Cohen In Ghana, artistic casket makers carve wooden caskets in shapes of favorite foods, hobbies, occupations, beloved pets of the deceased, who place their requests while still alive. Colorful, large coâns, artists work in wood and paint for months, a year, only to see these works of art buried. I love the shapes and sizes of ï¬sh, but donât want to be placed in their bellies. I donât want to be buried in a champagne bottle, a pineapple, a shoe, a hammer, or piano, and certainly not in a cell phone . . . not a ship, where my remains should be put in steerage, nor in the driverâs seat of an antique car. Make my casket an open, wooden book of balsa wood pages with gilded edges that will ripple in the wind, ï¬lled with the writing of my poems. Place my body in the binding. Let my words be held up on your shoulders, laugh, dance, sing, and drink spirits. Then set it on ï¬re and free the words to black ash. May they gently rain down, may you remember me as ink on a page. prairie schooner
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 9, 2017
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