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Author: Paul D. McGlynn
Location: Lake Worth, Florida

diamond icon Paul McGlynn is a retired professor of literature and creative writing, but he is not really an academic poet. The greatest influences on his work have been the poems of William Blake, Allen Ginsberg, and Wallace Stevens. Other influences have been art, travel, and love (not necessarily in that order), plus growing up in Detroit.

No Life Like Dying

I heard oompah music when I died,
The foolish ho ho ho, jolly logic
Of tramping boots and death camps.
But then I saw your eyes in firelight,
Your smile in rain by Galway Bay,
Counterpoint to those cretin chords.
I found no present hour like memory,
No life like dying. You smiled again,
Laughing above your wine glass;
Time ceased, no church bells chimed.
You were my perfect words of poetry,
Forever quoted in my heart.
You touched my hand, and I died with that,
Those marching boots silent at last.

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