Does the pattern that was you have a chance
against the universal disassembling?

As you expire
what could prevent those electrons
from unbinding as you pass
through the bardo
keeping, at minimum, your idea of the pattern
coming apart?

Could you take
in the last second
light to become wave?

Light but sticky, would it be enough to remember
your hand over mine?

Joyce served as a senior editorial assistant for The Cincinnati Review and her work has been published. She currently teaches Italian in the Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures Department at the University of Cincinnati.