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Splatter paint: blue sky and rose blush
across the hearts that dare not beat.
Veins of color pretty the lack
of life. Organically displayed for us
to contemplate, observe, and ask:
Did they beat on in unison with love?
Did they wheeze, choke, collapse, or fade away?
Each heart extinguished differently,
the pulsing beats slowed separately,
a rhythmic stroke for each thump.
All lives ending in colored canvas dreams;
striped and dyed, contrasting against black.
One hundred fifty six lives lost
for art: a gorgeous way to die.