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For Kathryn, my always and forever
For Cassie and Thomas Grubb
My friends in Washington State… especially Judy, Jon, Stormy, and Brian
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.
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.
Heaven but the vision of fulfilled desire.
Hell but the shadow of a soul on fire.
Cast onto darkness into which we -