Lived Within His Means
by Wesley Sims

She lobbied for granite double stone
with vase for flowers, but thrifty Tom,
long married to meagerness,
insisted no extravagance.

She stuck him on a small plot,
back corner of country graveyard.
His marker made of two
weathered boards, one held
name and dates hand-painted,
the other with small yellow
letters scribbled on black
proclaimed his motto—
He liked to live within his means.


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