The Super Bowl and Death

Fireworks go off as the Seattle Seahawks win following the Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2, 2014. The Seattle Seahawks whipped the Denver Broncos 43-8 in the first Super Bowl held in a cold weather site. UPI/Dennis Van Tine

In Colma, California, near the Super Bowl this year,

there are no vendors circulating, selling cups of beer.

For Colma is a city that is made of cenotaphs;

where cheerleaders are cheerless and there’s no one ever laughs.

The only downhill runner is grim Death, who hits the hole

with averages much better than at any Super Bowl.

If you feel like passing, you might try Hail Mary, son;

but you’ll be tackling daisies by the setting of the sun.

Life is but a football game, and Colma a reminder

that all our field goals are in vain, despite the best Sidewinder . . . 


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