“Advances Dismay Me”

I was reading my paper
On 12/27/99
There wasn’t too much bad news
So I was feeling fine.
Until that is, you understand
A story I found there
Filled me with wonder
Filled me with despair.
“A person,” the paper said
in this 12/27/99 edition
“has been found dead”
But the story filled me with suspicion
For the paper’s date — remember?
Was 12/27/99
But the date of the death, I read
Was ahead of us in time.
This person, I was told,
The one who was found dead?
Was found on 12/30/99
That was the day it said.
Three days before the occurrence?
A warning — might this have been?
If I were the one they were discussing
I would’ve left town — right then.

1999

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