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Writing Poems in the Shadow of Death, or, Narcissistic Effluence

By Aaron Everingham

Write all your poems

with your mind

governed by the idea

that should you die tonight

this is the last thing you will have written

and someone might try to find within

its purposeful words

a reason for their loss

of you