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DEAD AGAIN.Thus the Distinguished Author'sHeadline -- and deadline.

So here he lies --Abandoned by his readers,Remaindered by his publishers,Stung by resentful reviewers,Cold-shouldered by hard-headed anthologists,Uneasy lies the dead head.

When asked to comment on his own demise,He replied, in measured tones:"No one expects the deadTo have opinions. Or do they?"

Friends and non-friends alike recalledHis oft-quoted bon mot:"Posterity will be wrong, too."

A usually reliable sourceOffered a note of caution""Wait and see,He's been dead beforeAnd he'll be dead again."

© Colombo John Robert