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You Can't Take It With You

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You Can't Take It With You

The other day I saw the most pathetic thing I think I shall ever see!
It was so macabre and shocking that it piqued my curiosity!

Seems this old miser died having atoned for his many transgressions,
But was adamant about taking with him all his earthly possessions!

He had derided that well-known saw, "you can't take it with you",
And asserted, "Them's my things that took a lifetime to accrue!"

Even on his deathbed as he breathed his last and ceased to function,
He fretted about his stuff as the priest administered extreme unction!

In the funeral procession behind the hearse was a huge U-Haul truck,
Containing his suits and shoes, booze and gold plus all his other ruck!

Oft' I've pondered about that old tightwad and his ultimate fate,
And how St Peter handled the matter when he greeted him at the Gate!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 11/15/2013 5:48:00 PM
    hahaha. It makes me wonder if maybe this is really true. I can see some people trying it!!!

  1. Date: 11/11/2013 6:04:00 PM
    ha! very funny and told in your very recognizable style, which i adore!

  1. Date: 11/11/2013 1:53:00 PM
    Many saves and saves the whole life ... (to no avail and joy for themselves) - My father also has this idea (80 years / mars2014) - Everything is too expensive .... I do shopping for him once a week ..... use the money on yourself   while you live ..... Eat and enjoy yourself while you live ..... it comes   new money each month. - I'm not laughing ..... think it is sad. - Very well written Bob, I can easily see this picture. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)