Music: Fugue in C# minor.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques .

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Eighty-eight spends much of life in bed,
Interred beyond her time in drugs and pain.
Grateful only for the gift of sleep,
Having lost the will to laugh or weep,
The shrunken doll repeats just one refrain,
Yearning for the comforts of the dead.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

Even so, the trail of pills has led
Into a world she grapples with in vain,
Grasping for a grace she cannot keep,
Harsh and vivid hauntings of the brain
That make of life a stew of joy and dread.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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