When I am released from this bone-cage:
When neurons collapse
Skin, dust, dissipation of atoms of “me”.
When my ribs are no longer trapped across my chest, holding everything in
like the spines of sailing ships.
Guts spill out, liver & bile & blood
Intestines let loose my last meal (quinoa salad & beans).
When my brain ceases rattling in its cage
Ceases shaking, stills.
Quiet across the expanse, conscious of time &
infinite spaces (your mind and you/my mind, mine, each a universe).
When, worn with travail, breath spills from lungs
no oxygen flows-
(I, I, I)…