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Today's Writing Prompt
Write a short, humorous epitaph for the tombstone of an imaginary person.
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This is a poetry contest. Write a submission based on the above prompt. An epitaph is an inscription on a tombstone commemorating the person buried there.
See examples. These are actual epitaphs:
Here lies Lester Moore
Four slugs from a .44
No Les No More.
Note: Lester Moore was a Wells, Fargo Co. station agent for Naco, Arizona in the cowboy days of the 1880's. He's buried in the Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona
Dec. 8, 1767
Here lies Ann Mann,
Who lived an old maid
But died an old Mann.
Note: In a London cemetery
Here lies the body
Of Jonathan Blake
Stepped on the gas
Instead of the brake.
Note: Memory of an accident in a Uniontown, Pennsylvania cemetery
The children of Israel wanted bread
And the Lord sent them manna;
Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife,
And the devil sent him Anna.
Note: Ribbesford, England
benjan originally created this popular writing prompt contest.
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