by Rebecca Samuelson

Deactivate my fb when I die

do not send out birthday wishes

or overdue DMs from beyond

One time I got a message

happy birthday in caps from

my grandpa five months after

his funeral because someone

still had his password and

thought this would be sweet.

I cried for a week.

Let my birthdate reside in

memory with tribute to my

photo on the living room wall

My mom says people

pass away around important

dates so you don’t forget them.

How come no one in our family

has died around Arbor Day?

Erase the comments left

on shared posts no threads

to obsess over independently

I have multiple email accounts

with multiple folders that lead

all the way back to my Xanga.

Reminiscing over old blog posts

takes up a lot of time.

If I should go before you,

leave the tags for my head

stone & flowers for me to marvel at


Featured in our October 2021 issue, "Ritual"