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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 3, September 2015


Ken Jones
Aberystwyth, Wales

Symphonic Death in Three Movements

First movement on the music player: Composer and Listener are one;

In the second: a valve is turned, and in minutes the Listener disappears (leaving the adagio to be played at his funeral);

Third movement: the music plays on alone until the end.

We who are about to die
salute you!

Enzolutamide—a last medical frontier in the great Gentlemen Only epidemic of prostate cancer. If fortunate you can tarry here for a few months—at some public expense. Beyond lies death. I would not spoil its clean edge, so often blunted by the morphine-induced nightmares of well-meaning palliative care. No, for me the graceful exit of my helium symphony.

Across the rain lashed terrace
and the restless sea
a snow white gull comes gliding

Author's Note: The reference here is to a simple DIY contraption which employs helium gas cylinders. Departure is elegant, reliable and speedy.



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