Touched by "this spirit tender," the body lives on through the "exhale of flowers." As the body is exhaled through the flowers and so lives on, it also mocks the worms that will eventually consume it. The body of the poem must end, as well, but as each word and each line ends, so the poem and the body carries on through the "m" and "w" sound. The closed-off "m" transitions to an open "w." Although the worm represents death and decomposition, so it simultaneously promises the continued presence of the body precisely in the process of decomposition. The body decomposes and opens into the world; the alliteration moves from one consonant to the next, promising renewal.