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Only The Good Die Young

Shakespeare is gone
And Eliot's dead
Shouldn't they have taken
PeeWee Herman instead?

We've lost Aristotle
Plato's long gone
Is it really fair that
Pauly Shore lives on?

How could Elvis die
And also James Dean
When Prince is the one
Who should be rotting and green?

If you want to live
Not a short time, but long
Remember, as they say---
Only the good die young.

I wrote this one in the middle of a lecture in my creative writing class. I didn't think it was much, and it has never been revised.. but everyone seems to think it's okay. One of the few non-depressing poems I've ever written that I actually like.

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