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The Haunted Man

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It’s Lincoln’s birthday

Kind of a palindromic date

This year

(twos and ones)

He was born the way

I learned in school

And reading Classics Illustrated comics

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There was a three-sided house

He was named for his grandfather

He studied by the fire

And later used his height

For playing pranks

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He failed at most everything

Took part in debates

Got elected enough

To be elected for a final thing

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He was from Kentucky

Then Illinois

Then Washington,

The District of Columbia

Where he died

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His remains are buried back

In Springfield, I believe

And in the dust of bones

And blood

The ashes of war

Inside every part

Of the nation

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C L Couch

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Alexander Gardner – Library of Congress, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25238743

Lincoln in February 1865, two months before his death

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