Obituary Character Sketch

Mr. Payne

You knew your namesake was the game

that at fifty-one, malignant equals death

although detailed attention stalled discovery

burying the days beneath skyscrapers of bluebooks

the deadline remained, fixed and final.

 

As an officer of value, you kept dollars in line –

tallied in inkmarked accuracy, correct until

in the early hours of the seventeenth

the body’s expiration date deemed it

unnecessary to take the trouble

to call in late.


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