The hospice volunteer read from a book of poems about death.
It contained rainbows.
And also wolves, bald eagles, spotted owls, blue whales,
a veritable who’s who of the endangered species list.
All of them welcoming a freed spirit
Maybe they didn’t know my mom had let her membership to Greenpeace lapse.
Or maybe they did, but also that when that quack came around saying shark cartilage was a magic cure,
I’d said no.
Not just because it wouldn’t work
but for the sharks
Or maybe, as the poem implied, they were just overjoyed at the death of a human.
Thinking, “Thank gods. If enough of them die, we might get to live after all.”