This poem is taken from Stand 218, 16(2) May - June 2018.

Michel Onfray Sixteen Haiku
Translated by Helen May Williams


From Before Silence: a year’s haiku

90
Cancer − thirteen years
Remission − seven years
Into the abyss – nine months.
Wednesday, 7th August
Last days


91
Not to know
Not to suffer
To die fast.
Wednesday, 7th August, 8.30 p.m.
Coming out of the doctor’s office after being told that
Marie-Claude died in the operating theatre


92
End of life
The doctor said
Accurate diagnosis.
Ibid.


93
A phantom
Wheeled from theatre
Gone already.
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