I Want to Live Forever

I WANT TO LIVE FOREVER
TOMBSTONE EPITAPH POSTERITY
I DON’T WANT TO BE NOTHING
ATOMS INSIDE QUARKS INSIDE QUANTUM OBLIVION
THERE IS A FLOWER WHOSE SCENT MAY OUTLIVE
THE TIME I SAID THAT THING THAT MADE EVERYONE LAUGH
AT MEL’S ON GEARY AFTER THE BARS CLOSED
AND THE BUSBOYS BUSTLED
AND THE WAITRESSES HUSTLED
AND IT WAS A HEROISM NONETHELESS
ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE OLDER NOW
SOME OF THEM ARE ATOMS AND QUARKS
FLAYED, SPLAYED OUT
FILLETED AND EATEN BY THE UNIVERSE
DEVOURED