scientists have discovered people are aware of the moment they die

they are aware of conversations after the time of death has been called

hearing nurses talk

people sob



but listening

the bright light of final oxygenated blood

fading from the cerebral cortex

traveling into the infinite vortex

gasping grasping fleeting still heart not beating conceding this mortal coil with clenched neurons and unabated ganglia final firings

hearing those final words

unable incapable

the death rattle and final release


yet conscious as consciousness becomes another thing to shed

know this

in that moment when all is done but i have not fled though dead

i will be sending my love in that last paralytic hypothetical instant

i will love you past death

i will


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