On Dying

Die: I don’t mind dying for there are worse things;

I do mind others’ dying, because we all want our deaths to be minded when they come.


If I don’t write, I’ll die.

If I do write, I’ll still die.

If I don’t write, I’ll feel like dying sooner;

If I do write I’ll always have some unfinished idea to justify living,

to fighting off dying for a while.

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