Don't count on Heaven, or on Hell.
You're dead. That's it. Adieu. Farewell.
Eternity awaits? Oh, sure!
It's Putrefaction and Manure
And unrelenting Rot, Rot, Rot,
As you regress, from Zoo. to Bot.
I'll Grieve, of course,
Though Grieving's never
Or coaxed a single extra Breath
Out of a Body touched by Death.
"The Biologist's Valediction to His Wife"
from Offcuts by Sherwin Stephen
This poem forms the epigraph to Jim Crace's book Being Dead. The book details the murder of two biologists on a beach and their subsequent decay. Both the book Offcuts and the author Sherwin Stephens are imaginary. But I do like the poem, so I thought I'd share.