the ferryman

the human body
is not supposed to survive
a twenty seven foot fall
onto the back
on a hard surface
so the consultant said

“you should break the skull
and the spine and rupture
the internal organs
that none of these three things
have happened
I frankly have no explanation for
young man!”

he looked sharply over
half moon glasses
he wore a three piece suit
and I think belonged
in the 1950s

so if I shake or cry
or need yet another nap
don’t think
“there’s something wrong with him”

because there isn’t

it’s just the fare for the ferryman
to bring me back across
just what Mother Nature needs
in return
for my life

the fateful stunt