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Pilgrim State Hospital (Brentwood, NY) | dying in your sleep

Pilgrim State Hospital (Brentwood, NY) | dying in your sleep - Pilgrim State Hospital
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what a strange thing, dying in your sleep -
instead of having your spirit violently expelled by some calamitous event,
it is silently stolen away as though by a thief in the night
never to be seen again, nor to even be known to you as lost.
and if death itself is like sleep, as some say, it is stranger still to find yourself
wandering through the dreams of some monstrous thing that passed away long ago
as only a random figment, to be heard briefly and then no more.
we do not fear these places because they may contain ghosts -
we fear them because they make us realize that is in fact what we are.
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Pilgrim State Hospital, Long Island NY. 2009

Photograph and text by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America


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Photo comment By Rosemary: This is a somber and beautiful collection of photos and poetry. I am stunned by what you have given here. It has deep meaning to me. Thank you so much.