Like Dandelions

Bearing a posthumous name
you make your fame by
crumbling to pieces
and starting over.

Here and
there,
word of
you spreads
like a cancer,
finding root in
tradition and
the very earth
we tread.

You like to play dead
as if it were just a game,
putting the parts together
in the same configuration.

Your undying contagion.
Living on in the image

of yourself.

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