Abraham Lincoln is dead.
And so is his wife.
And scores of dead people since,
yet it surprises us each time-although
we’re not surprised Abraham Lincoln is dead,
and George Washington
But we still decide that death does not belong to us,
must not prevail-
There is no life without birth and no birth without death and
no wall to beat our head against.
Death is inevitable,
an unspoken agreement-
with the earth,
but no ending.