The Adirondack Review
Death in Bed

There are no instruction manuals, no 
pocket book sized pamphlets complete 

with diagrams and bullet lists, no
chapter devoted to proper etiquette

for initiating foreplay
with bones. I could use some advice

on what to wear: a pink negligee
or maybe just skin? Or less? 

Should I worry about making death 
feel at ease? Do I offer him a drink?

Gin and tonic or under the rocks,
what do you say, lover? Do I call him

lover? Turn the lights off or leave 
them on? And again, the question 

of foreplay. Would it be easier
if I made conversation? Come here 

often, do you? Lover? Maybe 
when he comes, I will just lie 

still. Maybe I should ask him 
if he would hold my breath.












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SAEED JONES received his BA in English from Western Kentucky University. He is currently pursuing a MFA at Rutgers-Newark. His work has appeared in StorySouth, Barnwood, Umbrella, and Pomegranate among others. Feel free to check out his blog at calamityjones.wordpress.com.
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems