Brett Hetherington

Banner photos: Cornelia Kraft

Death Notices

[First published in “Love and Fear: A Poetry Anthology, 2003.]


she died

even the ambulance

was ambivalent


a baby died

lying still on its back

they thought about

their income tax


1000 died

spiraling down in a plane

his world remained

exactly the same


a fly dies

legs kicking in the air

all the ceremony

of a Jew with no hair

shoveled into the earths gaping hungry trench where

your god (not mine)

I’m bound by truth to say

amuses himself

in strangely mysterious ways