Ode to Brevity
Why does transience brew such dread?
It’s not difficult to grasp that gentle dispatch,
not longevity, is the kinder portion.
He ate a full breakfast each morning
while he could still chew. A thimbleful of hemlock,
sooner or later, is soothing.
It doesn’t taste so strange after a few sips.
The dying are not so sad to die
as we are for them to leave us behind.