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The Eulogy of Henry Smith

Come and listen to the eulogy
of the late great Henry Smith.
Henry’s entertaining lunacy
is more than just a myth.
His stories and his jokes
all his friends would laugh and say
let us bring the folks
to Henry’s house this day.
There was always entertainment,
it was great to be his guest
Merriment without payment
jokes and songs, all in jest.
I am sure you heard the tale before
The story’s not so new.
But even if I tend to bore
please stay a moment or two.
I know Henry’s tale is not unique
you might even call it trite.
Please hear me out before you critique,
And go out for a bite.
Henry would say a story should be told
with hands and affectation.
The Storyteller must stand up tall and bold
and clear in his narration.
Henry’s face was always straight.
Some strangely took him serious.
And for the times that he’d translate
he thought them quite delirious.
Wanting someone to make him smile
and not always be the clown.
Take a respite for a while,
and remove that constant frown.
But no one recognized the pain,
that came from his anger and his rage.
Caused by that never-ending strain
Of always being on the stage.
I haven’t seen him in 10 years
I wonder where he went.
I heard he wiped away the tears,
the pain and the torment.
And although I missed the clown
It seems he found release.
I also heard he lost the frown
And was finally at Peace.

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