Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Death, One and Many

"Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once."

Perhaps the poet is a coward, dying the little death a thousand times, turning his grief, his post-coital tristesse, into a thousand minor poems. The sage, by contrast, valiantly faces down his fear of death forever, savoring it, if you will, "once and for all."

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