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


wouldn’t like

Death if Death

when(instead of stopping to think)you

begin to feel of it,dying
’s miraculous

cause dying is

perfectly natural;perfectly
it mildly lively(but


is strictly
& artificial &

evil & legal)

we thank thee
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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