Bury me in a Jewish cemetery
sing Bob Marley's "Redemption Song"
at my graveside wake, confuse attendees
expecting psalms, prayers, or Springsteen.
Serve gin and tonics, but only use Bombay
Sapphire. Celebrate my sarcasm,
wear masks of sunflowers
let the minion be vegetarian, at least pescatarian,
spin stories embellished like tall tales and fables,
dish my dust under shallow Florida turf
and surf, my burial at sea of sorts,
sing work songs as you shovel
dirt on my submerged pine box.
Drown out the rental rabbi's words,
bury me in a Jewish cemetery.
David Colodney's poems have appeared or will appear in journals including St. Petersburg Review, South Carolina Review, The Chaffin Review, Shot Glass Journal, and Poetry South. David holds an MFA from Converse College, and he has been a staffer for The Miami Herald and The Tampa Tribune. He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida, where he serves as Associate Editor of South Florida Poetry Journal and emcees its bi-monthly poetry reading series.