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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
Overhead
 
Scudder Middleton
 
 
WHEN you and I are laid away
  In little boxes under grass,
What will the townsmen say of us
  When overhead they smile and pass?
 
“She was a lovely, quiet thing        5
  Who kept her house so neat and gay.
She was as much in love with life
  As she is satisfied today.”
 
“He was the brightest man we had;
  He kept us laughing till he died.        10
It seemed he only had to speak,
  And we would chuckle at his side.”
 
Then you and I will rap the boards
  And call in language of the dead—
But there’ll be nothing we can do        15
  To stop that chatter overhead.

  Harper’s Magazine
 

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