life/death

life
is like your first car
as the miles add up
the wear and tear sets in
the new car smell fades
as the engine requires
more and more
to turn over
in the morning

death
is the wrecker
with the flashing lights
circling the block
waiting patiently
like a panther in the tree
for the last sputter
before the block seizes
the final belch
of black smoke
signals the end

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