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why wait for fate.

this is my last day and i own it,
and it is the only day of my life
that i truly control,
the only day i in fact understand why,
that it is my day to die.

i am only i,
but only once and only now.
every hour is planned,
every greeting the most sincere,
every hug and every kiss,
naively passive to its receiver,
vitally important from its giver.

a quick hello to a friend
is really a goodbye,
a simple farewell on this day, my last,
the day i understand,
my day to die.

gone is my youth,
gone are my dreams,
gone is my hope,
gone are those i have loved,
gone am i,

on this day,

that i choose to die.

byron gates jr

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