On News of a Friend’s Sudden Death

On News of a Friend’s Sudden Death
[for A-M. K. 1956-2001]

How thin the cloth, how fine the thread
That cloaks the living from the dead;
How narrowly, from breath to breath,
We plait our rendezvous with death.

How swift the tenant flees the gate;
The landlord’s writ, come soon or late,
Foreclosing slum or stately hall,
Hard bailiffs at His beck and call.

How feather-light the feeble spark
That shields us from the greedy dark;
Unjessed our souls like falcons fly!
How weak the lure, how wide the sky!

from A Glass Half Full Book and CD (Hutchinson, 2002), © Felix Dennis 2002, used by permission of the author.

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