My List

Maxine Elliott

My fish: unknown 

My uncle: old age 

My tadpole: unknown

My great aunt: shingles 

My hamster: starved

My grandpa: dementia/Alzheimer’s

My great grandma: cancer

My great grandpa: broken heart

My high-school friend: suicide

My middle-school friend: murder

 

A record of death experienced

in my 21 years.

A somber list that will 

continuously grow 

until it’s my turn

to be placed on the list.