His Wide Mouth Home

NPR’s All Things Considered

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He’ll lie down, and our breath
Will chill the roundness of his cheeks,
And make his wide mouth home.
—Dylan Thomas

J. Augustine Wetta is a Benedictine monk of the Abbey of Saint Mary and Saint Louis. Before that, for a time, he was a lifeguard on the beach at Galveston, Texas.

This essay was broadcast as part of the series on The End of Life on All Things Considered.