The Passing of an American Icon

When interviewed on his deathbed 

and asked how he had managed 

to be re-elected senator nine times, 

the ninety-six-year-old patriarch of politics 



Because in every campaign 

I promised to build a memorial 

to the victims 

of each mass shooting in our state. 


I kept my word, 

and drawing upon the quality stone 

of four in-state quarries, 

and the unparalleled craftsmanship of local masons, 

our memorials are equal to any in the country. 


Should you care to visit these sacred sites, 

a senatorial aide will provide you with a map. 


Moments after this interview 

the good old man, 

surrounded by his loving family, 

closed his eyes 

and succumbed to his wounds. 

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