[Found Poem*]

 

The impure or unchaste

cannot touch me

without gloves;


only those who’ve known

no adultery,

or lost their chastity

after marriage;

 

No fornicator or adulterer

should touch my blood

for that is my will.

 

For my burial,

take off all my clothes

and sneakers,


wash me,

dry me,

and wrap me

in the alabaster-white sheet

you'd find in a duffel bag

on the first floor.

 

Place me in my coffin

and bury me next to the grave

where my mom sleeps.


You'd find her

in the Murundu cemetery -

her name's Dicea Menezes

de Oliveira.

 

Let a faithful follower of Christ

visit my grave once in a while.

 

He must pray before my grave

and ask God's forgiveness

for what I did,


And that upon His return,

let Jesus wake me up

from the sleep of death,

for Eternal Life.

 

Achirri Ishmael

 

*Reconstituted; original source: " Text of Rio de Janeiro shooting letter," The Associated Press, April 7, 2011. On April 7, 2011, a former student of the Tasso da Silveira Municipal School in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, shot to death 12 students including himself inside a school building. The poem above is derived from the first part of the "murder-suicide" note (acknowledgment to J. Ardema for the term) that he left behind. Brazilian news sources recorded the event as the country's "first school house massacre."

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