“The blood clot is doing // its job, / it’s doing exactly what // it was made to do / and the only thing you // need to do / when you are dying // is to die. / Nothing else. // You don’t need to / fold the laundry // or clean / the kitchen floor, // you don’t have to / pick your children up // from school. / Unlike // the rest of your life, / there is only this one // thing. You don’t even // have to be good at it, // you just have to / do it. A list of chores // with just one / chore.” – Matthew Dickman, “Stroke”

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