Monday, September 17, 2012

To Those Who Outlive Their Owners

What happens to those who outlive their owners?
Do the homes just sit empty?
The pets slip away?
The time shares in Cabo just re-join the fray?

What happens to those who outlive their owners?
Do their social security numbers disappear?
The cars sit and rust?
The clothing in their closets return to the dust?

What happens to those who outlive their owners?
Do the storage spaces, safety deposit, and P.O. boxes
seek out their share to compensate losses?
The favorite chair sits and waits? Forever?

What happens to those who outlive their owners?
Do their stories evaporate?
Their memories disappear?
Did their value only matter when they were standing right here?

What happens when people die?
What if their friends and family are non-existant
or not around?
What if their last companion recently left
and drove out of town?
What happens to their stuff?
Does it sit and take up space?
Does a swift eraser of all things past
breeze through without a face?

What happens to those who outlive their owners?
I suppose their recycled
adopted anew
until their next owners
are indefinitely through.

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