When in doubt
there are an infinite number
you don’t exist at all, an infinite number in which you exist
but are worse off than you are here,
an infinite number
where you are greater than you are here, and, by extension,
an infinite number in which
you are infinitely
greater than you are here…
So, don’t wonder what will happen if you die, wonder
what will happen
if you don’t.
Nick Courtright's Punchline, a National Poetry Series finalist, was published earlier this year by Gold Wake Press, and a new book, Let There Be Light, is forthcoming in early 2014. His poetry has appeared in The Southern Review, Boston Review, and The Kenyon Review Online, among numerous others.