the cheapest plan

he never wanted to die
so he signed up for the
cheapest reincarnation
it was the only one he
had enough karma to get
and so he smiled everyday
because he knew he was
going to die and come back
instantly

the day came, he said goodbye
and winked as he passed,
serene smile hung awkwardly

he opened his button eyes
moved his gloved hands
and there was a crinkle sound
he sat up
and he felt some of his stuffing
fall out

he was aware of every fiber of straw,
and his clothes felt similar to skin
but not quite
and he looked around the corn field
and the cross his body had hung
which bits of his straw hung from

and he yelled “What the fuck?”
up at the sky but nothing came out

About Kary

I write many things, prose, poems, prose, flash fiction, and novels. I've always loved the free form poem, and practice it most often. Feedback welcome. View all posts by Kary

5 responses to “the cheapest plan

  • mskatykins

    Kary I love this sort of Easter meets the Wizard of Oz (that’s my take on it!) πŸ™‚

    I love that line about him opening his button eyes. The only thing I’d potentially change is the repetition of the word ‘and’ at the start of those three lines in that stanza.

    I’d suggest:

    he opened his button eyes
    moved his gloved hands
    and there was a crinkle sound
    he sat up
    and he felt some of his stuffing
    fall out

    That’s just me. Thanks very much for sharing this! πŸ™‚

  • halfwaybetweenthegutter

    I love this; it’s so descriptive. The ending is perfect πŸ˜‰

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