Monday, November 18, 2013

"Auto Epitaphs" by Andrew W. Loudon (1923)

Auto Epitaphs.



Here lies the body of William Dunn,

Who failed to finish his madcap run;

Busting a tire, his car gave a swerve

And plunged him to death at a danger curve.


In mem'ry of an unknown one,

Son of the realm of the setting sun;

A stranger, unmourned, bereft of life,

Through the mad onrush of senseless strife.


To the mem'ry of our only son.

Who failed to drive as he should have done;

Sadly we mourn a double loss,

Our only son and our daughter Floss.


"Here lies the body of William Jay,

Who died maintaining his right of way;

He was right, dead right, as he sped along;

He's just as dead as if he'd been wrong."


Friends, have a care, be calm in your mind,

Taking no chance, though you fall behind;

Heed not the snub, the derisive laugh,

'T is better by half than your epitaph.

Troy Times. August 29, 1923: 6 col 2.

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