32 Minutes

You had fallen down the stairs
that don’t even exist
and had your throat slit
by a cat who was pissed.
You fell and bumped your head
and now you lay dead
as the the bugs settle in
making your flesh their bed.
You drown in the tub
as it carried you away,
claw feet scurrying
with no reason to stay.
You were killed by a madman
who got the upper hand
and left your corpse alone
as he fled to another land.
You choked upon a feast
and as you gasped for air
your final thoughts were “really?
I was killed by cat hair?”
You were run down by a car
or you were hanged with a cat toy,
you were eaten by a lion
or you were poisoned with soy.
All of this and more
is what ran through my mind
in thirty-two short minutes
were all the ways you died.
And then you called me back
to reveal behind the shroud
as you said, “sorry I couldn’t hear,
the vacuum was too loud.”

© AUtumn Siders 2018
32 Minutes

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