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Die All The Time 



Today I realized the teenage girl

striking in black scarf

was probably getting chemo

so much like my baby sister

dead 23 years

yet I choked back tears

heart's bright wound

still burning



I buy childhood comics on line

GORGO the giant lizard

KONGA the giant ape

read when I was 7 -

my mother now slips away no memory of me at all



I bought FAMOUS MONSTERS also read pre-teen

& now I'll be 50

Actors that I grew up watching

die all the time

I bought DIARY OF A MADMAN cheap Vincent Price tape my actor dad

has big scene with him — movie not even on DVD, companion to my

TWILIGHT ZONE "To Serve Man" father scientist, TOUCH OF MINK

where exasperated Dad has a scene with Cary Grant — my Dad Price Grant

all dust — will I lose my mind on hospital death bed dream I'm reading

GORGO with eyes open? at least without non-virtue & when the faulty body

falls away Big Mind returns but for us left behind death is cruelest what it

steals in pieces






[Originally published in NHS 2004, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs04/Marc_Olmsted.html.]