"The Dead Beat"
by: Sean Powers
April 29, 2001

The man is a man with little pride.

He is a man about to die.

He comes into his dark, rat-infested apartment stinking of booze.

He has been drinking all night and will soon go to hell.

The man begins to wobble like a drunken buffoon,

But that will all be over very soon.

He hits the dirty ground,

And makes a small, lonely sound.

His face is full of blood

From his last broken bottle of beer.

His eyes begin to dry up,

And with a few seconds of life left, he makes one sound,

Nothing but a ghastly hiccup.

Now the man's heart has stopped beating.

In a few days he will be found and shoved into the ground.