THE BRILLIANCE

Twice I’ve dug in against death,

twice I’ve seen its glow

on the faces of those

unaware their lives were going

to burn into extinction

in the next twenty-four hours.

It wasn’t a light or flame

I saw in their faces

but a brilliance

infusing the skin.

They were smiling just then,

all the struggle gone,

suddenly looking again

so young and able.

 
 
 
 
 

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