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Sunday, June 10, 2012


by Bill Costley

What are you dying of?
is the unspoken thought

during these dying decades; many think
of breast cancer, AIDS, Alzheimers,
incurable (yet uncured) pandemics, all

unspeakable thoughts, read in the a.m. paper
by lunch become 'the known cause of death.’

At lunch I was told: "as a 70yr old man, you
already have testicular cancer"; already well
aware of it, I try not to think about it often,

but it seems you can't escape dying
as subject anymore; instead, try

thinking yourself out of suffering.

Bill Costley has served on the Steering Committee of the San Francisco Bay area chapter of the National Writers Union. He lives in Santa Clara, CA. The latest volume ( Number Eleven)  of Costley's  New Verse News epic The Chen@id can be accessed by clicking here.