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The Liberty To Die
Friday, February 26, 2016


Abraham Rogatnick


My friend Abraham Rogatnick who died almost six years ago did not commit suicide. A year before he died he decided he was not going to prolong his painful prostate cancer problem. He told me he was going to die a year before he did. He gave me a wonderful Mexican papier-mâché skeleton, “I am not going to need him.”  Since then Pancho (as I call him) has been our constant and most evident companion in our dining room (the old one and the new one). Pancho is a constant reminder to me if like Abraham I will have the luxury of being able to choose when I die.  

Lauren & Pancho


 IX

THE HEART asks pleasure first,  
And then, excuse from pain;
And then, those little anodynes 
That deaden suffering;  
 
And then, to go to sleep;            
And then, if it should be
The will of its Inquisitor,
The liberty to die.

Emily Dickinson









The shutting of the eye
The rat is the concisest tenant
The light exists in spring
The lady dare not lift her veil
 I took my power in my hand
 I find my feet have further goals
 I cannot dance upon my toes
The Music of the Violin does not emerge alone
Red Blaze 
He touched me, so I live to know
Rear Window- The Entering Takes Away
Said Death to Passion
 We Wear the Mask That Grins And Lies
It was not death for I stood alone
The Music in the Violin Does Not Emerge Alone
I tend my flowers for thee
Lavinia Norcross Dickinson
Pray gather me anemone! 
Ample make her bed
His caravan of red 
Me-come! My dazzled face  
Develops pearl and weed

But peers beyond her mesh
Surgeons must be very careful
Water is taught by thirst
I could not prove that years had feet
April played her fiddle
A violin in Baize replaced
I think the longest hour
The spirit lasts
http://blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com/2014/03/i-left-them-in-ground-emily-dickinson.html
http://blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com/2014/01/i-felt-my-life-with-both-my-hands.html
http://blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com/2011/03/currer-bell-emily-dickinson-charlotte.html

http://blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com/2011/03/and-zero-at-bone-with-dirks-of-melody.html
http://blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com/2011/05/charm-invests-her-face.html

http://blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com/2011/06/i-could-not-see-to-see.html 
http://blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com/2011/06/blonde-assasin-passes-on.html
http://blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com/2012/12/you-almost-bathed-your-tongue.html



     

Previous Posts
The Shutting Of The Eye

The Rat Is The Concisest Tenant

Two Musical Performers With Saavy & Elegant Grace

Alan Lever - May 2, 1930 - February 21, 2016

Darwin's Cardoon

Jo-Ann & My Hollywood Scoop Light

Whose Whom?

P.K. Page - Ecology

If A Little Pixillated

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10/16/16 - 10/23/16

10/23/16 - 10/30/16

10/30/16 - 11/6/16

11/6/16 - 11/13/16

11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16