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Why Am I Still Alive?

Every moment we are alive, we have something to give.

The poet John O'Neill — you know him, always kind and polite — he’s been pondering the deep: The end.

In my mid-seventies now
My final chapters are being written
Thoughts of death are unavoidable
Are in fact a constant presence
Impossible to ignore
Demanding a response



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Katie Michaelson

I’m a retired therapist who specialised in parenting. I write on the edge of verse and prose about plants and people and simple things.