Dearly Departed

Political Cartoon of the Severed Head of Louis XVI

all severed heads
speak one last sentence
before bleeding out.

dismembered.
burnt tongues.
one final transmission.

they speak through you
purveyors of death.
sons of Seth.

you participate
through viewing
their timeless execution.

before they transition
what final word?
what could be heard?

a call for vengeance.
a prayer for peace.
love from the departed.

do not read between the lines.
there is no secret here.
no more room for fear.

do not just watch them pass.
seek out their truth
until the last.

dearly departed
we are gathered here today
to honor life, not to take it.

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