If you move or scream, this means
you are among the living. That old,
ungrateful pain in the spine reminds
you, feeling anything is good.

Though loneliness is lonely, this too
can remind you of beauty, of silence,
of thought, of another evening. Possess
yourself before possession overcomes you.

Did you know that shadows imitate life;
that brightness creates shadows behind or beside
a body? For this reason, we bury the dead
and hide them from the sunlight.

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