Copyright © 2018 by Marvin Cohen

The frank fragility of life
needs us to steer clear of strife
so as not to endanger ourselves
amid the grim peals of funeral bells.
So "safety" is the operative word.
The lack of it is too absurd
even to safely contemplate.
Don't put poison on your plate
to tempt yourself deathwards.
Keep air going breathwards,
and stay well out of your perverse death-wish.
Peril is not always an easy escape.
Keep your eyes on the lovelier landscape.