Shortly After I Am Gone by Hanoch Guy

The mail box darkens.
Grapefruits smash into the mud.
The dry grass wounded by tank tracks.
Shortcut through the wheat field closes.
The creek is stranded on a garbage pile.

For the first time after seventy years
My asthma is stunned into freedom
Panic stricken it wanders aimlessly.
Allergies released convulse in the streets.
Inflammations shoot out of the body
Stick to outhouses walls like sausages.
An oxygen mask and IV are yanked out
Chocolate pretzels are orphaned in the cupboard.
Fresh organic coffee spreads around the small rosebush.
A strip of senior passes left on a bench.

Eyebrows grow wild.
The tonsils and appendix go back
Skin shined
A web of veins and arteries is painted red and blue,
make the plastinized body whole.
I am mounted on a stand with
pronounced marathoner  muscles
Sperm pouch on the thigh ready.

A curious boy punches me in the balls

through the open window.

My daughters and  granddaughter  in white,
their friends in jeans.
Success with the caterer.
The  catered food is much better the

when my husband Peter  died.
I did order cheap.

My family strolls
Along my boulevard ‘s awakening trees.
They sold my scooter
And the climbing gear
But I’m already peak’s air

Hanoch Guy spent his childhood and youth in Israel surrounded by citrus orchards ,water melon fields and invading sand dunes. He is a bilingual poet in Hebrew and English,.
Hanoch is emeritus professor of Jewish and Hebrew literature  in Temple University
He has taught mentoring and poetry classes in the Musehouse center in Philly.
Hanoch has published poetry extensively the US,Israel and the UK in Genre,Poetry Newsletter, Tracks , the International Journal of Genocide studies Poetry Motel,Visions International,Voices Israel and several times in Poetica where he won an award
He has also won an award in the Mad Poets Society.

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