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Iraqi worker leans against a pickup truck loaded with the bodies of their colleagues killed by suspected insurgents in Iskandariyah, Iraq, Wednesday Oct. 19 2005. About nine militants barged into a building materials factory lined up all the workers, forced six Shiite ones to identify themselves, then shot them in front of the other workers said police Lt. Colonel Khalil Mohammed. (AP Photo / Ali Maamori)

Will I be scared when I die?
Possibly not. The endorphins your brain pumps into your body to heighten your resistance to pain may also affect your mood, even if you know that you are badly hurt. This may be why some corpses are found with surprised or peaceful expressions on their faces.

from What Every Person Should Know About War
by Chris Hedges
Chapter 8, Dying
Pages 101-102

The Stare’s Nest by My Window
by W. B. Yeats

The bees build in the crevices
Of loosening masonry, and there
The mother birds bring grubs and flies.
My wall is loosening; honey-bees,
Come build in the empty house of the stare.

We are closed in, and the key is turned
On our uncertainty; somewhere
A man is killed, or a house burned.
Yet no clear fact to be discerned:
Come build in the empty house of the stare.

A barricade of stone or of wood;
Some fourteen days of civil war:
Last night they trundled down the road
That dead young soldier in his blood:
Come build in the empty house of the stare.

We had fed the heart on fantasies,
The heart’s grown brutal from the fare,
More substance in our enmities
Than in our love; O honey-bees,
Come build in the empty house of the stare.

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