Shades of former selves in the caverns below
mill around the Lethe and the Styx, abstract.
Coda for the ages of man from Shakespeare
settle in ebbing.

Metabolic failings announce onsetting
aging filching life from the cells and tissues:
fading sight, and silence replaced with phantom
chirping of crickets.

Souvenirs of memory counter symptoms,
leading one to question the worth of life;
databases adding up bits of self-hood—
proof of existence

more alive than life, that is only machine:
longing spirit acting despite the laws of
thermodynamics, that slow the spinning gears
toward a standstill.