A poem on reconciling grief and attachment.

The best way to die is to bleed to death.

Every vein in your body.

Every pore in your skin.

Oozing with the beat of your heart within,

the fluid of your life poured out to the world.

Caring, and sharing

the lifeblood of your love

with everyone for whom

your blood might nourish.


And when the time comes nigh

that they die,

and you cry--

with a sigh--

lifeblood tears

in an endless rain of sorrow…


Just keep bleeding.


Never stop the flow.

They might go.

But they were.

In your emptiness, just know

love remains and wafts like myrrh.


You filled their heart

as they filled yours.

What other way is there to live?

What other way to die?


Just keep bleeding.

And you’ll have turned your life into love.

Submitted: February 17, 2022

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loved it, Especially the end about them remembering you!

Fri, February 18th, 2022 5:13am


Very nice poem really enjoyed reading it.

Fri, February 18th, 2022 11:20am

Ann Sepino

What a lovely way to look at death. And a great use of the word 'bleeding' in its metaphorical context. Wonderful poem! :)

Sat, February 19th, 2022 1:47am

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