Let’s gather around and play
A game called epitaph
The object of the game
Is to choose a pithy inscription
For your headstone without
Using any names (especially your own)
Or bracketed sets of numbers.
How do you answer?
What would you say?
Something heartfelt and banal like:
He loved his family and did his best?
An incantation from a witch's curse?
Maybe your favorite Bible verse?
Maybe an inside joke. Something ironic.
The last thing you saw, a half drunk gin and tonic
I’ve narrowed my choices down to 3:
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Drank too much, ate too little
Here lies the act before the ache
Honorable mention goes to maybe I’ll do better as soil and grass
Automatic disqualification for etching
Your notion of the meaning of life
Nobody really knows that
Otherwise every headstone
Would read the same
The winner is the one
Who leaves his blank.
Not to make some sort of inscrutable
Existential eastern mystical statement.
More likely, he just ran out of time,
Panicked, and now is too dead
To enjoy his hard earned victory