Teaching Immortals How to Die In the shadow of imagined mushroom clouds they tried to teach immortals how to die. To crouch beneath school desks and turn our faces from the man-made suns that would be setting soon outside our windows. It’s not so bad they seemed to say. But they must have chuckled like camp guards. Knowing. It was no use though - this lesson - as we continued to live forever back then, still years from facing annihilation as a private matter. What I wouldn’t give to be three seconds from doomsday again, but young.
Donald Sellitti retired after a thirty-eight year career in research and teaching at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, USA. He has published extensively in medical journals, and recently had a poem published in Lighten-Up.