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Two osprey chicks hatch and grow
connected to millions by webcam
webcam and the archetype of motherhood

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Breath by breath
Birth and death
Countless alphas and omegas
Inhale others’ pain
Exhale one’s own gain
The breath of life connects us

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At first I minded
we minded together
the daily assault of mounting losses
the thief who kept returning to steal more of you

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Osprey over pond
Sharp-eyed, wings fold and plummet
Death served with a splash

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Bearing witness to your labored last breaths
Family murmurs while nurses come and go quietly
A mourning dove lights on the windowsill
Swells its breast and sings its haunting five-note song
Your eyelids flutter and we all exchange glances
It’s time and it’s the time of knowing it’s time

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Some few slip free of gravity
into orbit thundering heavily
there to ghost above the oblivious
and praise the sacred obvious
Finitude beholding the infinite

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How will my fabled story end
my tale of wins and woes
I’m curious I must confess
to see how it finally goes

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Be it peaceful or arduous
Come it swiftly or slow
Without need to know
May I patiently remain

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One fervent wish
With the last breath
No feats to accomplish
No regret at death

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Out the door with a hurried “See you later”
as if I knew I the sum of my remaining breaths
as if Starbuck’s could pour a perfect potion
to keep me safe in all lanes at all speeds

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