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The book The House of the World has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and is now available on Amazon.

Life Expectancy

I like to know
the date everyone is born.
How many times they’ve been born.
How many lives
they’ve used between dawn and dusk.
A voice someone hears.
A letter found in a drawer.
A rose persisting in a garden.
A child’s face that belongs to them.

I like to pick up a book
and see no expiration date,
and believe
with all my being,
that no one I love has died.
No one I could love has died.
That everyone is an eternal
work in progress,
and life gets bigger
the younger it grows,
and one’s birth date is
the origin of the species.

Published inIndex of all Poems