Dear Death,

Dear Death,
With all due respect,
I know you have a very important job,
and a very difficult job, I would imagine.
You’ve been working hard lately
and I would just like to suggest
that you take some time off, or at least
take your work elsewhere for a while.
I need time to replenish my well of tears,
time to mend my black veil.
I trust you will consider this request
and, in doing so, suspend any judgment
regarding my stubborn desire
for a shadowless joy.

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