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Did you see it, this moment?
A droplet of time, brighter than blood:
It hung in midair, like a glass,
Knocked over by a careless hand--
Fooling the viewer into thinking
There is a way to save it,
Stop its fall, keep it whole.

But one can only cry out in dismay
As it shatters, grenade-like and indiscreet,
Shredding the fabric of reality around it,
The contents of which is lost, splashed
Like wine
Or blood.

Did you miss it, then?
The sudden exhalation
And look of surprise on a dead man's face
That says he had expected
Just one more breath.

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