Dying

Ted Richer

1.
oh, how do we die

“There is the fatal disease,”

I say.


“It happens over time.”

“Fast at the end, though,”

I say.

2.
oh, how do we die

“There is a chronic disease,”

I say.


“It happens over time.”

“Slow at the end, though,”

I say.

3.
oh, how do we die

“We fail,” I say.

“Frailty,” I say.

“We fall,” I say.
4.
oh, there will be a broken part

there will be your broken heart

Ted Richer

Ted Richer is the literary editor of Free Inquiry.


oh, how do we die

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