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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Dennis J Bernstein


Tell Me A Joke And Hold Me

Things to remember when i'm dying:
Fill the room with friends and loud music
and lots of rich food, 14 layers of sweetness.
If I say something mean or self centered,
or start to bitch too much
shsh me with a poem or a song,
A lullaby would be nice, or a nocturne,
or some generous loving silence.
But remember! The last sense to go
Is the hearing–The most passive
of course, but also the most expansive;
So talk to me, whisper, shout if you have to
Or hum, tell me a story or a terrible old joke
that I have heard and told a hundred thousand times.