Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mortality - a poem

Mortality - a poem

So I teach some lovely mentally and/or physically disabled folks a creative writing class on Thursdays.  Today the assignment was to write something that starts "I could have died…"  I wrote a poem!  Then I gave myself a gold star and a pat on the back.
Mortality – A Poem

I could have died in a car crash
In 1993
On the Coquihalla highway
My bestest friends and me

Our trailer was fishtailing
Though the road was bare that day
The cop who stopped us said he’d seen
2 die there yesterday

He wasn’t mad, he was just scared
No ticket did he give
“just slow the hell down next time,
if you dummies want to live”

I could have died when I was five
And hanging from a tree
I could have died when I was nine
A hatchet in my knee

I could have died last summer
The thought still makes me shiver
My leg got wrapped around a rope
While tubing down the river

I could have had a heart attack,
or massive stroke this morning,
one day I might just smell some toast
then drop dead without warning

I just might die next Thursday,
I just might die tonight,
Some have said I should be dead
The way I live my life

But still I go on breathing
Through flu and common cold
the great reward for living long
Is getting ugly, weak and old

Though sometimes I feel lousy
Sometimes my life I curse
I have to say, I’m alive today
and the alternative seems worse


Wes Borg is a Canadian comedian, playwright and musician from Edmonton, best known as a member of the comedy troupe Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. Borg now resides in Victoria, British Columbia.  You can hear more of his hilarity by buying his album on CDBaby or iTunes


  1. I adore you. Did you change the date in the poem? Or did you almost die on the Coquihalla twice?

    1. Yes Karen, my love. I did almost die on the exact same stretch of the Coquihala highway twice.
      This year, when we drove back from Edmonton, Anna was driving and I insisted she slow the fuck down and drive like she was as terrified as me. We got through it.