I Have Been Asked to Leave the Cemetery





I have been asked to leave the cemetery because the crows don’t like the looks of me.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery because General K—’s mausoleum is turning out to be bigger than originally planned. Much bigger.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery because I’m really bad at mourning.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery because one of the gravediggers thought I was a pervert browsing for perversions. I thought that by telling him about my actual deviances I could rectify the situation.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery because I don’t know the difference between millions of details and silenced affection.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery because the conspirators would like some privacy. Thank you.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery for taunting the ghosts.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery for playing marbles with the stones left atop Dr. A—’s headstone. Demonstrating that a stone makes a horrible marble doesn’t get you anywhere.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery because I’m not dead enough. They promised they will tell me when I’m ready.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery because evidently, according to certain people, I look better on the other side of the fence.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery because I can’t do justice to old spirituals.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery but I’m having trouble finding the exit. None of the hearses will stop for a hitchhiker, it would seem.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery by Rep. Samuel Dickstein.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery for noticing how softly the night descends, and how bright the constellations burn.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery because I could not find my place in the procession. Everyone marches. No one is allowed to watch.

I have been asked to leave the cemetery until the siege is finally over.






Pete Segall lives in Chicago. His work has appeared recently in The Bennington Review and is forthcoming in DIAGRAM and failed states.