L. Paul Fobert Jr.
January 30, 2011
An Ode to the Afterlife
1. Traditional beliefs, neither good nor evil,
yet always deceased. History. Necromancers, séances, hunters,
cartoons, trains, and ships;
individualistic parts of a whole.
Mythology based and feared in more than
nightmarish dreams of reality.
2. An indoor phenomenon, usually.
Poltergeist. Troublesome disorder. People haunting.
Causing havoc is their fun.
Peeves gets us all peeved.
His pranks are more legendary
than any history recorded.
3. Unfinished afterlife business
causes unwarranted trouble for the living.
Haunting. Apparitions haunt specific areas of designation.
Their purpose becomes our worst fears come true.
Objects moving, nothing to guide,
The restless are not appeased.
4. Appeasing fears religiously.
Spiritualism. Exorcisms and ritual magic
brings joy and comfort
to those who seek truth or fear it.
The world is filled with unanswered questions.
Who’s to say how we find them.
5. To pursue is to fear and we fear what we stalk.
Hunting. Spirits entertained us under our false ideals of study.
We do not study what we fear most of all; death.
If material proof found,
fear would turn to abhorrence
and abhorrence to violence.
6. We need not fear or become violent,
cartoons have proven this.
Casper. He was friendly.
The friendliest one we know.
He had a smile for every soul around.
Alive or dead.