Youth’s Petition

If nothing else, let this be true
… that the best don’t leave
-until they are finished.

That the gentle, the well-meaning
live forever
That the feared, the wrathful, the destructive
combust into self-ignited flame,
fall to the ground in an insignificant pile of atoms
never to be experienced again in this universe or another.

If nothing else, let this be true
… that life in the next world is just,
… that the best folk don’t die
-until they are finished.


And that the finished
are the ones who die last.

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