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False Comfort

Felix Dennis
January 5, 2014
Mandalay, Mustique
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‘My friend, you have outgrown life,’ he said.
‘You will find there is more than the rational mind
Allows.’ ‘You’re speaking of when I’m dead?’
I smiled. ‘Just so;
               when you leave us behind.’

Oh, they mean well... well, they mean to lift
Your spirits—with more than the word implies;
But faith is a poisoned chalice’s gift.
They could be right;
               but I like a surprise.