Night of the Living, Night of the Dead
When the dead rise in movies they're hideous
and slow. They stagger uphill toward the farmhouse
like drunks headed home from the bar.
Maybe they only want to lie down inside
while some rooms spins around
them, maybe that's why
they bang on the windows while the living
hammer up boards and count out shotgun shells.
The living have plans: to get to the pickup parked
in the yard, to drive like hell to the next town.
dead with their leaky brains,
their dangling limbs and ruptured hearts,
are sick of all that. They'd rather stumble
blind through the field until they collide
with a tree, or fall through a doorway
like they're the door
itself, sprung from its hinges
and slammed flat on the linoleum. That's the life
for a dead person: wham, wham,
until you forget your name, your own stinking
face, the reason you jolted awake
in the first place.
Why are you here,
whatever were you hoping as you lay
in your casket like a dumb clarinet?
You know better
now. The soundtrack's depressing
and the living hate your guts. Come closer
and they'll show you how much. Wham,
you're killed again. Thank God this time
they're burning your body, thank God
it can't drag
you around anymore
except in nightmares, late-night reruns
where you lift up the lid, and crawl out
more, and start up the hill toward the house.