Ben Parker – A Request

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Ben Parker
A Request

If I die before you, do not forget
the promise that you made me:
that you will somehow find a way
to slip this speaker in the coffin
before I burn or am buried.
It is not primed to play a calming
piece of music to soothe me
should the dead feel fear, nor
does the microchip contain
words of comfort for those
still living, that if an afterlife
exists I’ll see them there. No,
this is that recording we planned
all those years ago: me, banging
on a wooden box and asking
sternly to be let out now please.