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bsquirrel
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0 posted 07-17-2003 12:17 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for bsquirrel


Again, not sure if I'd call myself "back," but I wanted to share this delightfully nasty new poem. Thanks for the well wishes and praise yesterday. I appreciate it.

Mike

The nicest thing she ever did was die
The nicest thing she ever did was die.
In fact, it was the only act
in which she thought of others.

A hagiography is cast,
limned in sepia, then gilt framed,
whenever someone dies.

And so she went from being
a thoroughly horrible, bullying woman
who laughed at other's pain

to someone who was nice to others,
kind and forthright, known to smile.
Once she even rescued a child

(you see how these events are twisted?)
rather than being the one herself
to try and run him down.

The going story: she didn't like
when he stole fruit from her trees,
so she planned to do him in.

You will find it hard to believe
the woman could ever be that cruel
from the way her mourners wail.

The case was thrown out, after all.
The evidence was circumstantial at best.
And she was a very good actress.

You will find it hard to believe,
this woman could plot an innocent's death.
No wonder you wonder, now that she's dead.

It's the nicest thing she ever did.
And since she's suddenly inherited friends,
it was probably also the smartest.
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1 posted 07-17-2003 01:38 PM       View Profile for Local Parasite   Email Local Parasite   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Local Parasite's Home Page   View IP for Local Parasite

I've been to exactly one funeral and I swear I'm never going to another one.  I hate how everyone is made out to be some kind of hero once they're dead, now insincere everyone becomes in light of their death, how everyone pretends to have loved the person and lies about who they were in tribute to them.  This is why I'm not having a funeral.

I liked this, it made me smile because I know exactly what it is that you're describing and I agree completely with it.  It's annoying, but at the same time it's kind of amusing.  Thanks for sharing this one, Mikey...   Hope all is going well with you.

Glad to have you back!!  

Parasite

Faith is a fine invention
When gentlemen can see
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency.
~~~Emily Dickinson

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2 posted 07-17-2003 07:23 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Oh, boy can I relate to this one!! I no longer can say anything bad about my ex husband because he died a couple of years ago (after we divorced). I feel guilty talking about the bad stuff he did!
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3 posted 07-17-2003 08:41 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

Stay awhile. Yes the veneration of the dead has always disturbed me. My aunt and uncle fought tooth and nail over everything, you've never seen a more miserable pair and everyday she screamed murder. Now she rewrites their history everytime she speaks his name always in reverance..how it rings hollow. Funny this begins before they die too, just the act of getting old seems to absolve some from their sins. For years my brother complained about my father and now as my father ages he has a selective memory about the incidents that shaped him..i'm rambling..nm stay awhile
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4 posted 07-18-2003 03:35 AM       View Profile for timothysangel1973   Email timothysangel1973   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit timothysangel1973's Home Page   View IP for timothysangel1973

Wonderful write, and I too can agree with you and everyone else here.  This makes me remember something that my late Grandfather used to say when he was alive...

"Give me my flowers while I am here on Earth, because after I am gone...I won't need or care one way or another."

Marshalzu
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5 posted 07-18-2003 05:23 PM       View Profile for Marshalzu   Email Marshalzu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marshalzu's Home Page   View IP for Marshalzu

Hehe I loved reading this, I could echo the thoughts of those who have gone before me but all I will say is that I enjoyed it, great writing

Andy
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6 posted 07-19-2003 01:53 AM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

like I already said . . .
I thought this was funny
brilliant Mikey indeed
xxoo
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7 posted 07-19-2003 02:56 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

LOL at LP's reply.
ME? I'm not going to die, much less have a phony funeral where someone can cry and carry on as if they had truly cared.

Good to see you in the blue zone.
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8 posted 07-19-2003 10:55 PM       View Profile for Allysa   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Allysa

The title caught my attention right away.  "The nicest thing she ever did was die".  Hmm.  What or who could this be about?

Interesting write, b.

And, I'm not going to have a funeral.  I'd rather have a party.  Plus, I think I would like to have a round of pin the tail on the donkey because it is the stereotypical party game, however I have never played it.  Strange.

"Tourists are terrorists with cameras. Terrorists are tourists with guns."~Anon.

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9 posted 07-20-2003 01:52 PM       View Profile for wranx   Email wranx   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wranx

Its good to see you nastysquirrel dude.

I can only echo the others. Loved the read
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10 posted 07-20-2003 03:21 PM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Mike, this is so true...I feel the way
everyone else does. I also hate for the
preachers to preach the meanest people right on into Heaven, too.
Me

[This message has been edited by garysgirl (07-20-2003 03:22 PM).]

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11 posted 07-21-2003 12:26 AM       View Profile for brian sites   Email brian sites   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian sites

twisted
history

good to see you again Mike
 
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