Last breaths dilly dally like colorful fall leaves falling
To the ground
in reverse.

They dilly dally upward
Out of the building
Into the sky
Past the clouds
Into space
Into the universe

Last breaths are kissed by the sun
And land on stars
Where they become light and energy

Last breaths are what you see
when you look up at the sky at night.

Last breaths are what make the stars twinkle.

When you see the twinkle of a star
Your soul becomes one
With the one
You grieve

And what stays between you and the universe

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A recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship, Sheri Bancroft lives and works in Memphis, TN with her musician husband and tubby ticked tabby cat.

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