40,000 dead today--
   the usual turnover,
like skin cells sloughing
50,000 newborns
           take their place.
are death and taxes connected,
birth just another investment?
is there a machine
that tracks the profits,
       takes a percentage
                   of the transfer,
our time on this plane
    just a chance
        to accrue life interest
for the soul brokers
     who know how
               to collect it?

nov 25 2001
sunbury OH

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