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On Viewing a Friends Lingering Death

As I die
God grant to me
The semblance
Of some dignity:
No hallucinations,
No screams of pain,
Wherein I forget
My given name;
No unclean sheets,
No vulgar smells
No angry rants,
Ill lucid spells;
May the grief
I cause fast evanesce;
May I leave no disputes,
No legal mess;
Peaceful be my brown headstone,
May I quickly die
And die alone.

Submitted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Edited: Friday, August 23, 2013

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  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (8/22/2013 6:06:00 AM)

    a lonely road to the end, no mess and peaceful!

    great contemplative poem, David.

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