DANSE by Case Wagenvoord

O, children!
Don’t you know growth
is but a dance of death,
a slow march towards
the grave?

The Devil’s Bell Curve
of ascent, apogee
and decline
‘tis but a neon glare
telling us
decline is ascent;
decay, perfume.

O Children,
don’t you recognize
your death?

Poem by Case Wagenvoord of Open Letters to George W. Bush


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