Fade to Black

They say if you flirt with death,
you’re going to get a date;
But I don’t mind—the music’s fine,
And I love dancing with someone who can really lead.
Who wants to live forever?
Old age is nothing more than accountability
for the heady exuberance of youth.
If the nurse asks me,
as I’m about to fade out,
if I want more life,
I hope I’ll just smile
and tell her as gently as I can,
“No, thank you. I’ve had enough!”

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