Larry Sutin’s essay When is a Good Time to Think About Death? in Numero Cinq is a beautiful contemplation of the particulars of death.
But I think that many of us think about it incessantly without knowing we do, if not unconsciously than implicitly, and always with a mind to how we should spend the time we have, a sack of coins that seems never to empty when we are not thinking of death.
About an hour after reading this essay, I happened upon Error’s Refuge, a new poem by Dorianne Laux in Oxford American. The poem and the essay are still speaking to one another.
we think, happens only once,
though most of us hold to the belief
some residue transcends,