April 27th, 2004

amused, silly, ha ha only serious

It is now illegal to die

There's a big problem in the small town of Le Lavandou (25 miles east of Toulon) on the French Rivera. There's only one cemetery in town, and there's no vacancy. A regional court nixed plans for a second cemetery, citing a law against shore constructions. A proposed alternative site, a rock quarry, was rejected by the mayor, Gil Bernardi, as disrespectful to the dead. Nineteen poor souls are waiting for their final interment, with more sure to join them eventually. So the town passed a law Tuesday making it illegal to die without a cemetery plot. The law specifies no punishment for those who break it.

Real life has surpassed satire once again.
amused, silly, ha ha only serious

listen

#!/usr/bin/perl

APPEAL:

listen (please, please);

     open yourself, wide;
          join (you, me),
     connect (us, together),

tell me.

do something if distressed;

     @dawn, dance;
     @evening, sing;
     read (books,$poems,stories) until peaceful;
     study if able;

     write me if-you-please;

sort your feelings, reset goals, seek (friends, family, anyone);

     do*not*die (like this)
     if sin abounds;

keys (hidden), open (locks, doors), tell secrets;
     do not, I-beg-you, close them, yet.

          accept (yourself, changes),
          bind (grief, despair);

     require truth, goodness if-you-will, each moment;

select (always), length(of-days)

# listen (a perl poem)
# Sharon Hopkins
# rev. June 19, 1995
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