Paul's Cornger: Four Reincarnations by Max Ritvo
When I was about to die
my body lit up
like when I leave my house
without my wallet.
What am I missing? I ask,
patting my chest
And I am missing everything living
that won’t come with me
into this sunny afternoon
—my body lights up for life
like all the wishes being granted in a fountain
at the same instant—
all the colors burning the fountain dry—
and I give my breath
to a small bird-shaped pipe.
In the distanced, behind several voices
haggling, I hear a sound like heads
clicking together. Like a game of pool
played with people by machines.
—from FOUR REINCARNATIONS BY MAX RITVO