A Legacy of Lies

Apparently, he doesn’t
know he is mortal,
that one day he will die
leaving a legacy of lies.

Wouldn’t he want to leave a legacy
of compassion and mercy?
Wouldn’t that be wise?

(A writer recommended that
each of us envision our funeral
and what we would want said
about us through and through
as a way of behaving now
so that those things will
be true.)

Perhaps he should approach the
statue of Ozymandias
as a wake up call
before the Grim Reaper’s scythe
does fall.

Otherwise his epitaph might read:

Ozymandias inherited
a sea of sand;
an ocean of lies
swallowed this man.
Here lies
a child of Beelzebub,
Lord of the Flies.

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