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Please Don’t

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 20, 2012

Please Don’t

By Helen B. Richardson

When I am dead and silent lie
Don’t say, “Here rests a perfect guy.”
I wasn’t.
Don’t say, “Here’s one who was content
Whichever way his life was bent.”
I wasn’t.
Don’t say, “He had a temper sweet,
Misfortune he did gaily meet.”
I didn’t.
Don’t say, “He passed temptation by
And looked things squarely in the eye” –
I didn’t –
And never, never told a lie –
I did.




  1. Wow, I really like that.

    Comment by Jacob J — March 20, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

  2. What strikes me is seeing (presumably, given the name) a woman speaking in the male voice. It is hard not to read this as an accusation, for if she meant to reveal her own failings (which I would surely identify with) she would have use “she” instead of “he.” (was it all so she could use the rhyme “guy”?)

    I like it, but the added layer of gender ambiguity creates complexity the suggest multiple intended meanings.

    Comment by Coffinberry — March 20, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  3. Coffinberry — that does add an interesting layer to it, as does thinking that perhaps it might be a wife writing an obit for her already dead husband …

    Comment by Stephen M (Ethesis) — March 21, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

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