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And That Is That 

Life is what happens to you

while you're busy making other plans.

—John Lennon

Somewhere near the end of August,

or in September, one leaf falls, to show

that autumn's soon to come and winter's

waiting in the wings.

We went to high school

as honor students, it's hard to believe;

sat through the same classes, same tests,

and same homework, then graduated

and that was that.

And now he's gone, at 56, from cancer says

the obit. John is gone; just like that,

and we're still standing, spread out across

the country, living lives, some full, some not,

but living none-the-less, and John is not.

And that is that.

  • A poem by William J. Joel

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