Aprilham Lincoln is dead.

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

and Tutankhamen.

But we still decide that death does not belong to us,

must not prevail-

upon whom?

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.


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