This book holds the items for the contest I enter in 2019, 2020, and beyond.
|There were funerals even then,
funerals with open caskets--
displayed upon a stage
in the chapel of a mortuary--
waiting for mourners to walk by
We walked past the open casket,
and cried or sighed,
how life-like the deceased appeared.
Some of us cried
out of grief
or because the body of the deceased
appeared to be a wax effigy...
devoid of the animating force
that gave our loved one life.
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