“Just because you can, you must”

suggests Kathy Butler, is the mantra

of our current  medical community.


In her book:

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

she argues

there is over-kill in treating

those who wish to die and can’t

because they’re too well maintained

by earnest doctors with 21st century savvy.


Of course, I wonder

how we’ll be taken care of

as we get closer to our sunsets

and if the medical marvels of our time

will extend our years in such a way

to bless us, or make us wish

they hadn’t been applied.


If i’m able, I’ll let you know —

if you’re still on our planet.

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