4 preemptive ways to brace for your neighbor’s death

  • First, wait for them to die before you get all sad and stuff. Nobody ever kept
    living just because you kept thinking about the day they were going to die.
     Be nice especially if you don’t like them. You will be the one who suffers from
    guilt when they’re gone.
  •  I’ve been studying the dreams I have of dying, especially in airplanes where there
    are those few seconds between when the captain comes on the speaker with death
    in his voice and we all look at each other trying to decide whether to fight for the
    lone parachute or scream I love you to everyone, those few seconds before we
    crash. (I asked my friend who was losing his mind what it was like, knowing for
    his remaining few seconds that he wasn’t going to remember any of this, anything
    from our conversation, his grandkids, his life, what was it like to know that.)

I almost forgot this.

  •  It takes just a few seconds from here where I’m writing to my neighbor’s front
    door, to ring the bell, to wait for footsteps, to hand someone a jar of jelly borne of
    the trees in my backyard, to be thanked, to turn around, to turn around and walk
    back to this home, this place with no runways.


About the Author

Casey has been published in journals including The American Journal of Poetry, Better Than Starbucks, The Moth, and 3rd Wednesday. His latest book is A nest blew down (Kelsay Books, 2021), and a new collection, Freak show (Fernwood Press), is due out in early 2023. Casey has a degree from Reed College.