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Here is how we start Breathe in and then out Eyes open, then closed, then open again Place your feet on the floor And rise to greet the day This day will not come again And thank whatever gods there are For that small mercy This day I put you under grass And say a final goodbye Here is how it starts She was brave and lovely until the end What courage and grace Words and words and more words Then we will sing a song Here is how it ends Take a handful of dirt And throw it on her coffin A fort to keep out the worms To preserve flesh and bone for a while longer Here is how we cry Numb and in the bottom of a bottle Shoving leftovers in our mouths to fill the hole in our bellies Digging through the remains of a life Dividing them up like consolation prizes A small consolation Here is how we sleep In sweat drenched sheets With nightmare memories That never seem to end And only serve to remind of what was lost What was lost will never be again The arrangement of swirling matter and stardust that was her Cannot find its way back to the same form Cannot create the same smell, or touch or taste And a copy is never as good as the original anyway Here is how we live In waking moments of little deaths The book she never finished reading The toothbrush left on the sink The pillow that still holds the scent And then one day, unexpectedly life will resume The swirling dance of action will carry on The music will play And we will move in time with all the dancers Here is how we start again Breathe in and then out Eyes open, then closed, then open again Place your feet on the floor And rise to greet the day

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