Rest in Peace
sure — rest in peace
but what about the damp?
and the moss?
and the weight of the tombstone?
and the drunken gravedigger?
and the people who steal the flowerpots?
and the rats gnawing at the coffins?
and the damned worms
crawling in everywhere
they make death impossible for us
or do you really think
we don't know what's going on. . .
fine for you to say rest in peace
when you know damn well that's impossible
you just like running off at the mouth
well for your information
we know what's going on
the spiders scurrying up our legs
make damn sure of that
let's cut the crap
when you stand at a wide open grave
it's time to call a spade a spade:
You can drown your sorrows at the wake
we're stuck at the bottom of the pit.
Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
from Time of Grief:
edited by Jeffrey Yang
New Directions 2013