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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Michael Griffith

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In the casket, Pappy's big hands are unnatural.
They shouldn't sit that way, there, clean and pretty,
on top that button-up vest. (He never once wore a vest,
not even in that old brown wedding photo where
he and Grammy don't look happy and don't look old
and look like they're holding their breath, where
they're holding hands like kids practicing.)