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Dogs 2020

Birthdays Done
(4/24/2020)


birthdays
live on

long after
the fact

first
in celebration

then
in remembrance

finally set
in stone
as such

people
not
so much

they
are here

they
are gone

but their
chronology
lives on

surviving
their deaths

remembered
for a generation

possibly
two

then relegated
to a graveyard
of statistics

no longer
noticed
by anyone
with a turn
of calendar

a second
death
really

passing
from the everyday
perceptible
world

to random
happenstance

genealogies

actuarial
computations

no
knowing breath
left
to extinguish
a candle