Substitute Plans For Dying
by Mary Leonard

Leave no forwarding address
and sign into a place you can forget.

At Pére Lachaise cemetery, visit
with Abelard and Heloise, but leave
roses for Morrison. Listen hard.

From your window, photograph
butterflies, goldenrod, a slice
of shadow. Never develop.

Put on layers of cinnabar, aubergine.
Be Queen Elizabeth. Do not wash.

Like Petrarch, climb Mt. Ventoux
and visit with God. Write your own psalms.

Let someone else find the fragile scrolls
and preserve them like limes under glass.

Let someone else follow what
they can never own.

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