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The Friendliness of Death

Here, right behind the next television show
The next new age healing machine
The next mantram
The next guru
The next emotional enlightenment game,
The next cathartic opening
The next insight about your past
The next version of your favorite car
The next computer game
The next download
The next sweet circle of well-meaning egos
The next therapy for body, mind, and soul
The next crystal for chakra balancing
The next technique for discovering Nothing
Sits a great friend you consider foe:
See if facing death does not
Invite you to live in a way
Nothing else can or ever will.
Death comes as illusion;
Life comes as illusion.
What will end illusion?
The only thing that dies is illusion.

© Dorothy Hunt
Photo courtesy of Nina Cherington

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