when breath becomes air

today I finished a book about death and life and its meaning
I looked up and saw all the people do their things
it alienated me
how could everyone just be doing their things
while death and life and its meaning

I felt sad and alive and the same way
part of me did when I had just heard you might die:
how in the world could everyone just do the things
the groceries the phone calls the dishes

today’s a triumph for books and reading
making you feel a real feeling
raw and crisp and death
and life and breath and air and meaning

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