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What You Must Say
When I Have Died




Never say I have died when I have died.
Say I have been extinguished.
Never say I sought it or consented.
Never say I sinned or—hell!—repented.
Say I have been extinguished.
Never say "sated" or "quenched."
Never say "satisfied," "fulfilled," "resigned."
Never say "lost" or "passed."
Say I was extinguished, executed.
Say I resisted, say I disapproved.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.