The trouble with being Dead

The trouble with being dead.


Helen Ducal. 1986.



The trouble with being dead,

is obvious.

You can’t answer back.

People can say things

And you can’t answer back.

They may be true,

 But they sound even truer,

 when you can’t answer back.

To solve this problem

Invest in words

BEFORE you die.

Write letters to unknown lovers

Lead a double life

Be discovered

But not until you’re safely gone.

At least then when the tabloids say:

“Would you believe it?”

“Who would have thought?”

You can roam the great beyond

In peace, with a smile .

In the knowledge that

Even now you’re gone,

 You’re still in control,

Answering back with style!


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