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The Singer Sings “Everybody Dies”

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Not everybody. Not 

me or those redwoods up north

in the heat wide and strong

and tall. My only death was a dog.


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When I sat there wishing for shrinking,

that can’t be strength. 


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I held a gun once

in my backyard.

It was Christmas Day.

And once in those redwoods the

dog fell in near the waterfall—

I remember a movie from childhood

but that was a cat

so I have nothing to go off of here.


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I have no god. Is that

strength? Am I not saying:

I am strong enough.

Thank you, but I’ll take it from here.


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The house I first lived in

with the rabbit in the back

and the memories I have stolen,

the toad in the dogs mouth,

not the dead dog, another, one I never knew.


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My father has the cancer cut

from his back and later twists 

in the mirror to cut the stitch.

Strength? And after the death

He waits ‘til the sun sets—is it?


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wow, that's pretty good.

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Thank you Pepemaggo!

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