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Old 04-26-2009, 01:39 AM
JonIrenicus JonIrenicus is offline
 
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Default RIP Bea Arthur

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009...r.html?_r=1&hp


these stories are always sad, and makes me think of John Updike's deathbed poem Requiem.

http://www.reuters.com/article/media...34421320090129


It came to me the other day:

Were I to die, no one would say,

'Oh, what a shame! So young, so full

Of promise - depths unplumbable!

Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes

Will greet my overdue demise;

The wide response will be, I know,

'I thought he died a while ago.'

For life's a shabby subterfuge,

And death is real, and dark, and huge.

The shock of it will register

Nowhere but where it will occur.
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