Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 10/22/21

Facebook Afterlife

I wished Abernathy a belated happy birthday,
having noticed on my Facebook page
his birthday occurred two days before.

Only then did I remember
Abernathy’d died six months earlier –
he’d “become late,” as they say
in the Botswana lady detectives novels;
he’d “passed,” as my friend Lewis puts it.

I’d read somewhere
that not so long from now
more than half of the Facebook accounts
will be owned by dead people.
Unclear who notifies whom
to remove the page, the contact.

This has happened to me before –
a birthday wish to a young woman friend
who’d died from ovarian cancer in her thirties,
another to a poet friend who’d taken his life.

It makes me ponder about the Afterlife –
Heaven or Hades or Nirvana,
Paradise, Valhalla, the Gardens of Delight,
joining the ancestors in The Dreaming,
absorbed into Nature,
one with the trees, the ocean, the sky.
Or Facebook.

©2021 Charles Rammelkamp All rights reserved.

Charles Rammelkamp

Charles Rammelkamp is Prose Editor for BrickHouse Books in Baltimore. Two full-length collections were published in 2020, Catastroika, from Apprentice House, and Ugler Lee from Kelsay Books. A poetry chapbook, Mortal Coil, has just been published by Clare Songbirds Publishing.

Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 07/21/21

Nice Rack

When Melanie posted a selfie
on her Facebook page,
wearing a tight sweater,
her volupté on display,
she wasn’t sure how to react
to the comment, “Nice rack,”
left by a man she didn’t actually know.

Going through a divorce,
still in her forties,
she was glad for the compliment
on her appearance,
but the comment was crude;
she felt like an object.

Only, wasn’t that what Facebook
was all about? Indeed,
what Zuckerberg and his pals at Harvard
originally created Facebook for?
Hadn’t she been showing off,
displaying her assets to her own advantage?

In the end, Melanie unfriended the man.
Even though his salacious comment
had gratified her vanity,
she just didn’t need this guy in her life.

©2021 Charles Rammelkamp All rights reserved.

Charles Rammelkamp

Charles Rammelkamp is Prose Editor for BrickHouse Books in Baltimore. Two full-length collections were published in 2020, Catastroika, from Apprentice House, and Ugler Lee from Kelsay Books. A poetry chapbook, Mortal Coil, has just been published by Clare Songbirds Publishing.

Happy Thanksgiving from Cajun Mutt Press!

We hope y’all have a great time full of too much turkey, too much booze, too much fun, and too much damn family to last until next year! Sending positive vibes and Outlaw Gonzo Pirate Poet Love out to everyone today!

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Cajun Mutt Press

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