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"Lived" by William Samuelson

Have you ever

written something no one read?

painted something no one admired?

purchased something no one sold?

sold something no one bought?

stole something that was free?


Would you ever

dress yourself in nothing?

cry when you are happy?

laugh when you are sad?

make love all alone?


Do you ever

eat when you’re not hungry?

drink when you’re not thirsty?

sleep when you’re not tired?

read a book without finishing it?

learn without being taught?

change into something old?

walk without a destination?

dance without a partner?

sing without an audience?


Have you ever felt

grounded enough to fly?

strong enough to walk away?

invisible enough to stand out?


Can you ever live, without dying?

Because you can die, without ever having lived.

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