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Tuesday, November 24, 2020


by Chris O’Carroll

News Site Mistakenly Publishes About 100 V.I.P. Obituaries —New York Times headline, November 17, 2020

Our Queen has died, sad British church bells toll,
Bardot, Loren, and Eastwood quit the stage,
Pelé has aimed a shot at one last goal,
And Jimmy Carter calmly acts his age.

Despite those stories, none of them were dead,
Although it’s clear now how much they’ll be missed.
For A-listers’ fake deaths, real tears got shed.
I’m Nobody. I wasn’t on the list.

Chris O’Carroll, author of The Joke’s on Me, is a Light magazine featured poet whose work has also appeared in The Asses of Parnassus, Better Than Starbucks, Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, and The Spectator, among other journals, and in Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle, New York City Haiku, and The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology.