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Don't get me wrong

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I don't want to die but sometimes
Catch myself wondering
How much do I want to live
I wish I could duck out sometimes

I don't like my choices
How I might keep living
How I might die
I wonder to what extent

I can choose what happens
Next Death is not final
Not as final as life
Alive we have to finish

A flicker crashed into our sliding door
Painful to hear her impact
Soft and hard at once
I found her on the deck

Upside down bleeding
From her beak Gasping
I never heard a bird gasp before
Her long tongue normally spooled

At the back of her skull
Was dangling
When I picked her up
I swear she was dying

Sometimes I am flying blind
Heading for openings that solidify
I veer at the last second
Not from any instinct

Just sudden vision of what
Is right in front of me
Maybe I catch the glint
Of my reflection

Flying toward me
Colliding with myself
Is not my death
In my death I will be flying

At the sliding door and
The door will slide open and
I will soar into a space that
Has no use for wings

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger and author of five nonfiction books, three collections of poetry, "Children to the Mountain", "The Last recurrent Dream" (Two Plum Press), "Conversations with Poetry (coauthored with Tom Cowan), and (more...)

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