can we just agree now that

before you die

you’ll take a balloon you’ve kept

by the bedside

for this purpose

and blow it up with all the breath

you have left

you’ll tie a tight knot

a navel

and you’ll hand it

to your loved ones

when they arrive

you’ll tell them

this perfect egg is full of nothing

but my breath and

it’s yours to do with as you wish

if you wish you can

keep it in a cupboard

tie it up

tie it down

let it wither

let it go or

if you get very hungry

you can pop it with your teeth

and eat?