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How To Die

Mitchell Hagerstrom

In physics, what’s called Escape Velocity
Is necessary for leaving earth’s gravity.

My dying mother asked for ostrich-skin boots,
Proper footwear in Texas for making tracks.

My father escaped in a P-51. An old friend told us
Of waking, in tears, from a dream of flying with him.

The morning my husband died I watched his legs
Churning like when a dog dreams of chasing rabbits.

He was working on picking up enough speed for lift-off.
When his legs went quiet, I knew it was achieved.

May 9, 2021 9:00 pm

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