Unpacking the Caskets

someone unpacked the caskets
at the cemetery
and laid the bodies face-up
on the lawn
where they now lie
as though they were sleeping
tomorrow the gardeners
who know the ropes
will be mowing around the bodies
and then they will desert them
for a body should not be
out of its box
these are the rules
nothing has changed
from the beginning
when people first buried their dead


Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #158
More Poetry Pantry #400 at Poets United

Posted on April 22, 2018, in poetry, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday Scribblings 2 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.


    More surprisingly funny than ghoulish, I think! To think of it!

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I’m always happy when I can make people laugh. 🙂

      On Sun, Apr 22, 2018 at 4:38 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  2. Love the dark humor in this one 🙂

  3. As always you leave me smiling and thinking….

  4. Hmmmm…..transplanting the dead. How cool to have imagined that. My mind is working on this idea. I love it!

  5. Well somethings have changed? I enjoyed your write…

  6. This is ghastly wrong… yet comical in a grisly way.

  7. Mmmm not sure that I understand this one.

  8. Eerie, but well covered. Or in this case un-covered 🙂

  9. Dark and interesting piece.

  10. Strange little story. But I do agree – a body should not be out of its box, at least not a dead body.

  11. What a metaphor for the way we look at life, after 2000+ years we still walk by on the other side of the road. If it is not our responsibility whose is it?

  12. One thing to know where the bodies are buried; quite another to contemplate them.

  13. Lisa at Greenbow

    I sense grief in these words. I send love and hugs.

  14. Some rules–even the ones we once believed essential–can be changed for the better, to make life easier or more sense driven. The dead can be taken out of boxes, but not if the rest of the ritual remains undone (what will happen to the exposed rot?). When things are changed without planning, without making sure the new rules take into account what used to be and might come, things begin to stink pretty quickly. Who can blame the gardeners for running away, right?

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