Sunday, March 20, 2005


The ALS patient died yesterday.

He worked at my wife's shop.

He was brave and gentle and heroic as
his muscles failed one by one by one
over years until he lost breath
and there was suffocation.

I wanted to cry bitter tears for this
man I scarcely knew
just for the outrage of it
this macabre death
this slow freeze.

The butterfly flies aloft now.

Pray for me John.

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