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by Allen Taylor

A variation of the poem "Life" was published in Small Brushes alongside "Battlefield Confession" in the October 2005-March 2006 issue. The poem has been revised as follows:

    When the sadness of death comes knocking And the people move to their rooms, When the dry rapt of laughter Fills their minds with tombs, Crypts for the common man to keep At his bedside, And when the tears of joy Fall on children Staring dull-faced into the future As far as the eye can see, When February casts its pall Of false hope on August or December, You'll see the light. You'll see it flicker and burn, Burn and glow; glow, enflame, then burn, And you'll know; Yes, you will know That life is what you really need. It is. There. Take it.

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