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Apprehensions Billy Collins asks the question why life flashes before your eyes when you are approaching an impending death. As the poet’s character plunges beneath the surface to his watery grave, a quick depiction of a long life is cycled through his mind. Mr. Collins describes how strange it is that time could be compressed and crushed into such a short film in the final seconds of life. He dreams of a final moment when all corners of the life lived come together for a grand production, a sort of sit down event where all moments are admired in grand detail and discussion. Only to his dismay, the moment is as quick as the time it takes for the oxygen to deplete in a dying drowning man. He expresses disappointment when the three volumes of a biography is not found or even touched on during these final moments. There is no grand exit, nor parade of life to send you on the way. He is warning that the bright light inviting us in to a better place everyone expects to see may not shine when death closes in. There is just a slippery fish passing by as the existence around you continues existing. The fish represents a society unaware of the passing of this man from one realm to the other, choosing to just pass by as the fish has its own problems to contend with. The problem with nature is that it doesn’t have any positive or negative feelings toward ones passing. It finds a way to accompany us on our journey and then is just as content to see us on our way out. One person sinks to the depths of the deep and not a care is exerted, but for the man wishing he could find his way back to the surface where the clouds fly overhead. Expect nothing when you die, but pursue everything while you live. You must accomplish all before you sink deep down, as he says, to the weedy disarray of the

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