the american book of the dead celebrates culture;
it is our holy text dedicated to the noble vulture.
this text is read to us each night to promote a clear mind;
it is a priceless guide to help us the right prescription find.
we would all be lost without the guidance of wise voices,
helping us to unerringly make the right choices.
the dying require soothing wisdom to dispel confusion,
and to rest in calm attention without delusion.
the highest duty of a mature and spiritual land,
is to place those with our deepest welfare in command.
preparing to die well is an american passion;
our advanced way of living is not a matter of fashion.
darvish stays up late into the long night listening in bed,
to the mercy of tv ads comforting the dying and dead.