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I wake to The News,
a little notification.
The King of Evil is dead.
Long live the King.

I read about you in the papers.
I read about you in a poem.
I think how you should
have led a different life,
You: the Devil and his wife.

A mixture of relief and pain,
knowing we will never see you again,
but that you
Never
Suffered
Enough.

But we will see you again
in The News
with a different face and a different name,
but the horror will be the same.

Didn’t you think that
we could catch you?
Maybe it just mattered
that we did it too late?
We got you,
and you were it.

But now another is it.
Tom, Dick, Harry.
He sits, plots, maybe with another.
Jane, Myra, Olivia.
The new two: the Devil and his wife.

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