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Mayor Koch's Tombstone

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Mayor Koch's Tombstone

Way before the Mayor died,
He planned out to a T
Exactly what the wording on
His tombstone ought to be.

The only items missing
Were his dates of birth and death,
Considering he didn’t know
When he’d draw his last breath.

But when he died, the headstone carver
Made a little goof,
And only after he was done
Did he get his reproof.

It seems he etched the year of birth
As 1942
Instead of 1924,
A harmless switcheroo.

But it’s ironic, don’t you think,
That there would be a glitch
When Koch mapped every detail
To go off without a hitch?

It proves we really can’t control
How others might behave,
But all who knew Ed Koch believe
He’s laughing from his grave.

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  1. Date: 7/4/2013 10:49:00 AM

    sad, and deep.......enjoyed............ LOVE* SKAT

  1. Date: 6/25/2013 11:22:00 AM

    I was short on time with my last rhyme. Please let me fiil the gap. Your rhyme and reason are spot on. I must really tip my cap.

  1. Date: 6/24/2013 1:32:00 PM

    Concluded beautifully.

  1. Date: 6/24/2013 8:53:00 AM

    How my doin! I didn't know about this until your poem. He's dancing in the sun. love, Kathy