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The Paste Eaterís Grave

I.   † †
†† † † † †
In Goldfield, Nevada † † † † †  
there stands a stone- † † † † †  
† † † † †  
†† unknown man † † † † †  
††died eating library paste † † † † †  
††July 14, 1908
† † † † †
† † † † †  
The postmortem examination † † † † †
revealed he was starved to deathó † † † † †
††would have found the mixture sweet: † † † † †
††flour, water, 60% aluminum; † † † † †
††but, an entire jar a deadly treat † † † † †  
† † † † †  
The only thing to his name † † † † †  
††was a letter addressed to Ross † † † † †  
† † † † †  
Despite newspaper headlines † † † † †
††dating 1908, skeptics † † † † † †
†† óin their infinite wisdomó † † † † †  
claim his grave a hoax † † † † †  
†† the story made up † † † † †  
† † † † †  
Paint is too fresh, they say † † † † †  
†despite professions † † † † †  
by locals who repaint yearly † † † † †  
††in remembrance of the dead † † † † †  
† † † † †  
†Even in death, the self-righteous † † † † †
††balk at homeless dignity † † † † †  
† † † † †  
I could say the moral is † † † † †  
Never eat glue; † † † † †  
††but, I would be wrongó † † † † †  
† † † † †  
The moral is: truth survives    
  gossip mongering liesó † † † † †  
†† †causing doubts in faith † † † † †
†† †pitting friends against allies † † † † † †
† † † † †  
One day, the stones will cry out † † † † †  
††and justice measured equally † † † † †
in proportion to their deceit † † † † † †
† † † † † †
II. † † † † †  
† † † † †  
May whoever he isó † † † † †
knowing this, rest in peace †† † † † † †
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Ahavati
Written by Ahavati
Published | Edited 24th Nov 2019
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