An obituary’s an odd
Misdirection, all about life
Once the life is already gone.
If you didn’t know the person,
It’s not much different than reading
A profile of a scientist,
Say, or a new celebrity,
Someone living you’ve never met.
Celebrities and scientists,
For that matter, are popular
Topics for obituaries.
You read about someone, they live
In your thoughts, and a great many
People you know, you know this way.
You read the obituary
And, like that, someone comes to life.