Anser Journal

Everybody has to die—
I don’t have

By Gale Acuff

to go to church and Sunday School to know
that but I guess it helps because there’s hope
for the dead they tell me, I mean the folks
at church tell me, not the dead tell me, but
anyway after I die I get life
everlasting, in Heaven anyhow,
in Hell from what I hear it’s not much of
a life alive or dead but the truth is
I wish I didn’t have to die at all,
I like things fine here no Earth but fat chance,
nobody lives forever unless they’re
dead and lots of folks die and my Sunday
School teacher tells me that my time will come
and she smiles when she says so. Holy smoke.

Gale Acuff has had hundreds of poems published in a dozen countries and is the author of three books of poetry. He has taught university English in the US, China, and Palestine.