In the end you want the clean dimensions of it mentioned,
to know the thing adverbially—while asleep,
after long illness, tragically in a blaze
as you would the word of any local weather:
where it gathered, when it got here, how it kept
the trəffic at a standstill, slowed the pace,
closed the terminals. Lineage & Issue, Names &
Dates are facts you gain most confidence in facing,
histories and habitats and whereabouts.
Speak of it, if you speak of it at all, in parts.
The C.V.A. or insufficiency or growth
that grew indifferent to prayer and medication.
Better a tidy science for a heart that stops
than the round and witless horror of someone who
one dry night in perfect humor ceases measurably to be.
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