Tuesday, March 07, 2017

My Last Will and Testament

To Macbeth:
I leave my paranoia;
always tugging
at the hem of my slacks,
as I brush past
the puddling rain.


To Juliet:
I leave my romance,
my passion,
my name;
May you always
speak aloud
among the stars
and remember
how to love.


To Yeats:
I leave my manhood,
(my russet brow);
the shaved stuffings
creating my
pride,
insecurities,
hopes,
fears,
masculine gait,
and all other things
that dance upon the level shore
underneath the
disheveled
wandering stars.


To Mr. Holmes:
You shall receive...
(well, if you are reading this,
then you have already deduced
your inheritance).


To Dr. Watson:
I leave my desire
to capture greatness
with pen and paper
and an eye
toward truth.


To Superman:
I leave justice,
my strength,
heroism,
and a need
to do what is right.


To Mr. Collins:
I leave
my poetry
(you will know what to do).


To Mr. Hughes:
I leave the moon,
jazz beats,
hot, Harlem nights,
but most importantly,
my dreams.


To Mr. Whitman:
I leave,
myself,
body electric,
soul sewn into
rich earth;
scent of lilac;
hope for the future.
a belief in myself.


To Hamlet:
I leave my loneliness,
the indecision,
which plagued me
in life;
my cowardice,
my conscience.
I am off to the undiscovered country.


To My Beloved Children
(To be equally divided):
I leave it all:
Shakespeare,
Yeats,
Sherlock and Watson,
poetry,
leaves of grass,
Juliet and passionate love,
Langston Hughes,
Billy Collins,
and
Superman.

Listen to music;
dance,
be romantic,
brave,
unyielding in your beliefs.

Listen to your mother;
be kind,
funny,
and wiling to cry.
Take it all
and be you;
be wonderful;
just be.


To My Loving Wife:
What can I give?

There is one thing
left to give;
that, which you do not want:
change.
Remember me
young,
happy,
breathless,
utterly preposterous
and in love.

Sometimes it will feel like
you need to be two,
Don't--they already have me

inside.

1 comment:

Adrian Neibauer, EdD said...

Hello everyone! This longer poem is a complete experiment; both in form and content. Any thoughts?