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Death's Quota

The flowers all have scattered,
  borrowed feelings cry out loud

Mock funeral of celebration,
  grief false beneath their shrouds

The mourning congregation,
  to the tavern marched in step

A ruse to the departed,
  with each toast his memory wept

His friends then hugged his enemies,
  his wife and girlfriend kissed

Through the glass a raven watches,
  taking names without a miss

A ‘last call’ shouted boldly,
  and all glasses drained of lies

As two wings beat out a roll call
  —death’s quota flying high

(Villanova Pennsylvania: September, 2016)
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Submitted by Kurt Philip Behm on May 12, 2019

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Kurt Philip Behm

Longtime writer with twelve books in publication. Three of them Poetry. : The Death Of The Playground : The Sword Of Ichiban : Searching For Crazy Horse : Darkening Sun : An Anthology Of Perception-Vol's 1 & 2 : After Midnight : Sammy And Bumpers : The Fall City Mandate : Revenge Along The War Trail : Death from The Sky more…

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