This I Believe

Jack - Valley Glen, California
Entered on April 16, 2006
Age Group: 50 - 65
Themes: death
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Death is an annoying little man

who is never wrong

or fooled for long

and always and never on time.

Beneath the law

and above the law,

he’s accountable to no one,

and has nothing better to do

than tidy up

after you are you.

Levels, pressures, counts, rates

up today, down tomorrow,

eat this, do that,

take those, who knows

when he’ll come around

and poke a hole in a friend

with an old ugly stick

that has a nail in the end,

and sweep away your sunsets

and beaches, little kids and peaches.

So better do something better than wait

like trying to cultivate

the undeath side of you,

the Plutarch-Mozart-Bogart-

Donatello-Longfellow-Saul Bellow-

Joan of Arc-Rosa Parks side of you,

the unpopable-unstoppable,

unsweepable-keepable side of you

because Death has nothing better to do

than poke a hole in the you of you.