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For Kathryn, my always and forever

And

For Cassie and Thomas Grubb

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My friends in Washington Stateā€¦ especially Judy, Jon, Stormy, and Brian

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To all my faithful friends in New Mexico, particularly Sal, who changed my altitude

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Oh threats of Hell and hopes of Paradise;

One thing at least is certain: this life flies.

One thing at least is certain, the rest is lies.

The flower that once has blown forever dies.

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I sent my soul through the Invisible,

Some letter of that afterlife to spell,

And by and by it returned to me

To answer: I myself am Heaven and Hell.

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Heaven but the vision of fulfilled desire.

Hell but the shadow of a soul on fire.

Cast onto darkness into which we -

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