An original, spontaneous poem based on the prompt mortician.

This one was written for Liz. You can read the other poem I wrote for her here: Hello Tree

@mayhem_and_tattoos sent me an awesome photo. He wrote the poem on his gloved hand:

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Mortician
Billimarie Lubiano Robinson

They think I study
death
because I’m morbid.
But really
the analysis
of unmoving bodies
makes one reconsider
the steps they take
in their own life,
the mistakes they make
and their own regrets.

september 15th 2011

Notes on Death

If you enjoyed “Mortician,” you might enjoy this poem about Mushrooms, Death Suits, and Twitter.

A huge thank you to the lovely Caitlin Doughty, the founder of the Order of the Good Death, for sharing this post. She wrote the wonderful book, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” which I read while working at Labyrinth Books in Princeton:

If you’re interested in learning more about conscious death and green burials, check out the book by Caitlin as well as these authors:


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2 Comments

Tammy · September 24, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I’m sure that must be true. Where do you get your prompts?

    b r · September 26, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    I sit out at art walks, farmer’s markets, and other public gatherings with a sign that says “free poems.” People stop by and give me prompts, either by telling me a story or writing down a word, phrase, idea. Some people also submit prompts online through my anonymous ask box: http://mytypewriterpoetry.tumblr.com/ask

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