Death in Bed
by Saeed Jones
Originally published by Straylight
There are no instruction manuals, no
pocket book sized pamphlets complete
with diagrams and bullet lists, no
chapter devoted to proper etiquette
for initiating foreplay
with bones. I could use some advice
on what to wear: a pink negligee
or maybe just skin? Or less?
Should I worry about making death
feel at ease? Do I offer him a drink?
Gin and tonic or under the rocks,
what do you say, lover? Do I call him
lover? Turn the lights off or leave
them on? And again, the question
of foreplay. Would it be easier
if I made conversation? Come here
often, do you? Lover? Maybe
when he comes, I will just lie
still. Maybe I should ask him
if he would hold my breath.