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A Timely Poem About Untimely Death

by Chris Sorrenti

often heard is the expression
'an untimely death'
compelling me to ask
is there ever a good time to die?

despite the somber topic
an air of hilarity
in the hypothetical opposite:
Joe or Jane So and So
enjoyed a timely death

as if some of us wake up one morning exclaiming...

"Yes that's it!
I'd like to pass on ten years from now
November 3rd to be exact
which will give me plenty of time
to pay off the mortgage
send the kids through college
go on a few trips”

ruling out suicide
imagine that individual's disappointment
when come the chosen day
he's still very much alive

would this then constitute an 'untimely survival?'

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Posted on 08/05/2014
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 08/06/14 at 12:54 AM

Oh how I've made wishes but then I don't think I'm strong enough to do the deed myself, but then. Good write Chris.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/06/14 at 03:47 AM

Thanks, Chris, for this very fine chuckle at the end of my day. I love the idea of the "untimely survival" - one wonders specifically how all the doomsday sayers feel each time the world has not come to an end on their predicted date.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 08/07/14 at 12:21 PM

this is you, Chris, at your philosophical and ironic and existential best.

Posted by Don Matley on 08/09/14 at 11:24 PM

Spoken with the wit of John Donne's works."Death be not proud etc. I often think about what day I would like to check out and April 1 has always seemed appropriate. Of course I might head on out on March 15 or maybe on my birthday so that in my death notice they can say I've come full circle. Enjoyed it Chris.

Posted by Linda Fuller on 08/10/14 at 12:33 AM

I'm reminded of Old Lodge Skins in Little Big Man, saying "Today is a good day to die." Some will rage against, some will welcome, some will be taken unawares, all will go. Enjoyed this, Chris.

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