ode to sudden death

a short sharp stab
in the back of the neck
and you're awake
too late
you're alive
for a second
maybe less
before you're dead

one must be before one was
for only a cry is heard
a realization unintelligible
when sudden death occurs

dying time
is all the time we're given
you should
choose your
last words carefully
and start
saying them
now

 

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