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



Peter Jukes March 17th 2004


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