Learning to Die

Jean Jukes 1926-2004

 

Wisdom has been called

Learning how to die

 

But death is stupid

Forgetting everything

 

Unlearning all those lessons

How to eat

How to wash yourself

How to defecate

How to breathe

 

Like an orchestra in reverse

Losing tempo, expression

Measure by measure

Detuning the instruments

Breaking the strings

 

Until the meaning is lost

Vague, inarticulate

Half formed on your lips

Something… no it’s gone

 

O death is so stupid

Forgetting who you are

 

You who taught me

Everything

 

Peter Jukes March 17th 2004

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