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Cadaver Alive

Updated on June 9, 2020
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I have been writing poetry, fiction and short stories for many years and have completed a book of poems. I also enjoy comedy writing.

Cadaver Alive
Cadaver Alive

Cadaver Alive

Laying on this cold metal table was not what I had in mind

But now the moments of death started to rewind

I remember having a drink with my wife whom I loved dearly

Then fell to the ground feeling dizzy and heart pounding weirdly

I watched as the medics came and pronounced my death

Then I saw her smile with him and he gently kissed her neck

Now here I am, my faith is a Cadaver

Medical students surround my corpse, with scalpel, rib shears and bone saw

I watched as they sliced through my dark flesh like steak at a diner

Plunging deep into my body and extracting my lungs and my liver

I saw my beautiful body mutilated, rocking from side to side

As they cut and sliced and took out all that was inside

Then I heard someone say, “Let us take out the eyes and examine them”

As each cut they made, it was like my soul in pain, again and again

I heard the saw whining and it was time for my skull cap to go

As they plucked out my eyes and my brain removed slow

I cringed and trembled in my soul

I flew over and looked at my body and could not believe

Once I was a living known man, now today I am a piece of meat

I stunk up the room with my rotting flesh

Then they zipped me up and tossed back into the morgue what was left

Only if I had known, maybe I would have lived life a little better

Who knew I would end up as a Cadaver

© 2020 Clive Williams


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    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Lora.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Flourish...Dont cut my body.!!!

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      Lora Hollings 

      13 months ago

      Very powerful poem, Clive! It certainly makes one think about their own mortality and living our life to the fullest. It also made me think about the lack of respect that we show animals every day that are the victims of such callous and cruel treatment in the meat industry which is helping to kill us (causing heart disease and certain cancers) destroying our earth, and causing the starvation of millions of children every year as we export their grain so we can have hamburgers and steak! Excellent write.

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      13 months ago from USA

      I once toured a medical school where bodies were being dissected by medical students and all the brains were stored below each body in their respective buckets. I noticed some of the small details like painted fingernails that reminded you that these bodies were once someone’s loved one. I definitely could have pursued a career in pathology as I am able to easily compartmentalize emotionally when necessary. Your poem was awesome.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Ruby,,,the Ghost of love surrounds you.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Cary...I will be in the Morgue all night.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Lordy, this is morbid, but interesting!

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      Carrie Lee Night 

      13 months ago from Northeast United States

      Interesting unique view of the dead or undead. Enjoyed it :) Morbidly creative. Have a blessed week :)

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Glad you enjoyed my Cadaver Pam.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Vivid is Livid Eric...Blessings.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Thank you CoffeeQueen.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      It is very odd to think about being a cadavar and watching as your body is mutilated. You certainly came up with a very unusual poem but I think that is what made it interesting.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Strange notion. I wonder how you came up with it. The trouble with this is that it paints toooo vivid of a picture ;-)

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      Louise Powles 

      13 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a very powerful poem or seeing ones own cadaver. I found it very interesting.


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