On my gravestone

for the name, use Helvetica,
italic, 72 point, that's an inch tall,

big enough mourners won't need to squint,
yet not minute like movie credits for gaffer,

best boy, stuntman, where my life was shot.
Make me fit on one line, not surname alone,

then first name carved below -- like life
cut in half, both parts falling empty

as happens with severed heads
and hearts. When I lived must be smaller,

say half inch, with wide space between lines
so that drivel fills the headstone.

Please do not capitalize every letter,
in effect, shouting at cemetery gardeners,

"here lies a really important man;
show respect, bow, be slow to mow."

Old lovers especially will appreciate
my life being chiseled in lower case.



Timothy Pilgrim