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In the Jewish Religion
when one is in mourning
one shits shiver
goes to shul
dresses moderately
and stays close
to the inside
a year is put
aside for this.
In the American Religion
when one is in mourning
one goes to the
to immediately abreact
calls daily to the loss
for fast return
to the status quo
for No
becomes not an answer
Mingles with words
and recites
the prayer
where there is a will there is a way
and seeks out an
enemy to pounce upon
and call out
Darkness, darkness it is over there.

Irwin R. Shaw - November 29th 1983