By Ray Finch
In our paper, on page 2B
With the daily activities
Are listed obituaries;
Hamlet's eternal inquiry
Finally answered for these.
Not the day's global events
Affairs of kings and presidents
Wars and crimes or accidents;
here is news you won't forget
One brief life is all we get.
Sometimes a photo, always a date
The arrival and departure gate
Bare facts that outline our fate;
No need to elaborate
Death does not discriminate.
Still we turn to sports and want ads
Comics, weather and crossword instead;
Superficial thoughts distracted
To dispel this unwanted dread
That soon we'll join the forgotten dead.
- Ray Finch lives in Lawrence and is assistant to the director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Kansas University.