The Problem – Stephen Dunn


First, out of the scraps of dreams,
and later out of the clashing loyalties
of belief and skepticism,
he believed he could live
a thoughtful, occasionally principled life.

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After Life – Ruth Valentine

First the coffin burns,
then everything you recognised as him,
his hair, the skin of his hands, is vaporised,

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116 – William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,

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To Sleep – John Keats

O soft embalmer of the still midnight!
Shutting with careful fingers and benign
Our gloom-pleased eyes, embower’d from the light,
Enshaded in forgetfulness divine;

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