The game of it is getting more alive
each day, refusing to close
or to stifle your whole being
in the face of despair.
The trick of it is opening relentlessly,
letting all the world reach you:
exposing your neck to a creature who may bite.
Refusing to kill off your most vital bits when it does.
…and when you find those who are more alive than you,
ask their secrets.
(This is the only one
I know so far.)
Expansion, contraction, and the best obituary you can imagine. It’s light and dark, easy and oh-so-difficult, in this episode of That’s What She Said.