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Kissing was like death from lightning. If it happened, you didn't know it. And vice versa.
Cry for joy in April,
Cry for death in fall.
Birth's an open gateway,
But death's a solid wall.
Every arrival foretells a leave-taking: every birth a death. Yet each death and departure comes to us as a surprise, a sorrow never anticipated. Life is a long series of farewells; only the circumstances should surprise us.
When death threatens, when a good-bye is faced, how one searches the past for images, begins to shoal up the past for future use.
Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground. Writing of the past is a resurrection; the past then lives in your words and you are free.
At fourteen you don't need sickness or death for tragedy.
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Holding hands at midnight 'Neath a starry sky… Nice work if you can get it, And you can get it if you try.
July 18, 1902
February 23, 1984
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