Friday, May 10, 2013

Faved!: Kathleen Ossip's "I'm afraid of death"

I'm afraid of death
because it inflates
the definition
of what a person 
is, or love, until
they become the same, 
love, the beloved,

I'm afraid of death
because it invents
a different kind of
time, a stopped clock
that can't be reset,
only repurchased,
an antiquity.

I'm afraid of death,
the magician who
makes vanish and who
makes odd things appear 
in odd places--your 
name engraves itself
on a stranger's chest
in letters of char.

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