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Leslie Kavanaugh-III

Stand Fast




Stand fast

Stand firm against the vicissitudes.

The only certainty is that everything changes

The only finitude of life is that

All will cease to be.

Everything that is born must die

But this does not mean that I

Embrace this wretched truth;

The inevitable is ripped from my finger tips

My hands grope ever-insistently

For the moment of understanding

Until I succumb to the nocturnal membrane.

I will withstand the unalterable,

Approaching silence

With tenderness, with puissance, with resplendence

But never submission.

Everything that is born must die, yet

Nothing that dies will escape the delirious rapture.