San Francisco Symphony

Wishful Ending

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Let me die in winter
Let me die in solitude
past midnight
with a flask of spirits
a cigarette that won’t kill me
winking at the stars

           Let me die with my back
           against a tree, snowdrifts
           hushing all sounds
           sit in stillness
                    become stillness
                             nothingness

~ Sarah Paris
UCSF staff

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