Judge suddenly broke for his coffee-break
and (I think) didn't quite finish his sentence
so that across the last few years still left me
I led a life of greatest care ( not to do harm
to ANY ONE) And so, after my death, again
I faced The Judge. I smiled at him,
quite cocky, until
He said: Darest thou
stand there to face thy sins & smile!
I frowned. Yet knowing I had not harmed
a single person (and, making a quick mental re-check: Nope,
not throughout the whole of my life) I felt no
fear, not yet, not until
He added then: O thou evil man!
Didst I not warn thee you'd be held accountable
for the death of ANY human life!? I shuddering
at His wrath, even though I felt pretty confident
of my personal innocence: Guiltless! until
He said: Well, for your information, while you were alive:
One Hundred Million, Seven Hundred & Eighty-Seven Thousand,
Nine Hundred & Eighty-Three human beings met their
ANTI-Climax "Speak'O Th'Devil"
Hell, given what I knew of em:
I never even dreamt so many of em
could've been even remotely human!
Demon In Charge:
No talk'n in the line!
C'mon--Let's keep it move'n!!!!
Let's go! Let's go!
MANY CENTURIES LATER
We're gonna base our Appeal on the fact
that you did not harm A SINGLE ONE
human being, but are guilty of them all
(ergo--You're off on the technicality).
D.A. for The Seventh Heaven District:
We're going to argue that the language
of the admonition reads "any one," and so
the non-specificity of it does not
necessarily denote absolute generality...
And so it goes (throughout eternity)