Conservation (Pieces of Us)

from Apocalypse Songs by Aaron J. Shay

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When glass is shattered, shattered is how it will remain And a manuscript, once burned, will never be read again But that's just one perspective
I totally get that you're dead and gone Your reactor spent its reserve
And of everyone I know,
A proper send-off is just what you deserve I imagine how you disintegrate
Into the pieces of your earthly home
From the neurons that dictated your obsession To every X chromosome
All of these pieces of you will find
Some other cosmic position
The dirt we become is just another gateway
To a thousand future destinations
From matter to matter, from energy to energy Pieces of us persist after we cease to exist
Maybe someday we’ll meet again
In the feather of a giant predatory bird
Or in the ink of another civilization's failing printed word Or in the silt at the bottom of some as of yet unfilled lake Or in the fossil fuel as our successors repeat our last mistake These pieces may not recognize each other
But that's not the point of this exercise
This is how I choose to comfort myself
Every time another good one dies
From matter to matter, from energy to energy
Pieces of us persist after we cease to exist
Oxygen, Carbon, Hydrogen, and Nitrogen
Just in case I haven't made myself clear I still miss you, you're still here

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from Apocalypse Songs, released January 26, 2019

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Aaron J. Shay Seattle, Washington

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Sci-fi storyteller and banjo balladeer. I believe in the good kind of apocalypse.

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