decay and entropy.

(everything swings round in a cycle —
cycles upon cycles within cycles)

in all of creation
man is the only creature
who actively fights cavities and plaque,

who wrestles
(kicking and screaming
biting and clawing)

who grapples with matter
to matter ,

who refuses to believe
(despite the fact that all 10 billion individuals before him
have died)
that he is mortal.

are we
somewhere in our innermost part
remembering a time
before time
when decay and entropy
weren’t part of the equation?

or are we
just afraid
of the unknown?