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Post Mortem


"Why me? Iím not a nurse!"

she often used to cry

at each turn for the worse.


She argues with him still,

as though he chose to die

that winter he fell ill.


I know, but never say

how long he yearned to lie

entombed in silent clay.


Sarcoma of the lung

was a doctorís alibi

for death by poison tongue.


Alan Sullivan



© ____; originally printed in
The Formalist. Reprinted by
permission of the author.

by Grapholina

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