Welcome to the second and fifth episode of You’re Nearly Dead, a titling convention that proves we’re great at writing. This week our hosts respond to the theme in three very different ways; drawing on death, the environment, and posterity. Plus there's discussion of public nudity and intimate shaving.
THIS WEEK’S PIECES
If you want to feel like you matter,
That you make a difference;
Each action you take
(And so you worry).
Yes it all matters
History is forever.
In 10,000 years
We’ll all remember you.
To the occupier
I am touched by your concern for me
If it were not so charming it would be amusing
‘Save the planet’
I don’t need saving. I am eternal
I do grow hot and cold with the seasons
But I continue to turn
As I drift idly amongst my friends and neighbours
And you may stay as long as you wish
It was a shame your predecessors had to leave so abruptly
Just plain earth, not ‘mother earth’, which is a title that may lead to a misunderstanding about the nature of our relationship.
Sink or swim. You decide.
Does anyone we know need a toaster
And where do you dispose of pillows
I just bought a sofa
But we can’t throw this out
I guess it’ll fit in the blue room
Letters from people who are now gone too
We can’t read the writing so they go in the bin
So do the boxes of boxes of photos
So many we say
that a flip book movie could be made
That would last as long as they did
More boxes too, but full of cigars
They never smoked but they kept them
After a month
With more left to do
We promise each other to leave nothing
That our only effects will be personal
We both know we’re lying
But it lightens the mood
As we continue to lighten the load