Contemplating how common
It seemed to used to be
For family members to agree
Not to tell family members
That they had some terminal disease.
You only really have a sense
Gleaned from references in your reading,
Nowhere a specified quantity.
More commonly, you’re aware
People insist to themselves they aren’t
Pretty soon to be not as they are.
Even there, there’s some prominence
Bias—for the dictator, for the billionaire.
How many small denials are out there?
Are they any more likely or less?
Here’s a fun thought for the soon-to-be
Of themselves likely to be dispossessed—
Unlike with the arrow of entropy, you don’t
Know which way the arrow of belief might
Deliver the most, if any impact.
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