Poetry Spotlight: dying is fine)but death

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dying is fine)but Death
by e. e. cummings

dying is fine)but Death

?o
baby
i

wouldn’t like

Death if Death
were
good:for

when(instead of stopping to think)you

begin to feel of it,dying
’s miraculous
why?be

cause dying is

perfectly natural;perfectly
putting
it mildly lively(but

Death

is strictly
scientific
& artificial &

evil & legal)

we thank thee
god
almighty for dying
(forgive us,o life!the sin of Death

The structure of this poem took a lot for me to get past. I appreciate the unique approach, but my mind needed a few readings to really comprehend the message. And the message is an incredible one.
Dying is easy to understand. Dying is something we all must do; it’s something we face all of our lives. Dying is natural. Death, however, is another story. Death is cold and empty. Death is the stony exterior you show at a funeral. Dying can be felt…

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