The pitiless decorated corpse of a state,

Raised a proclamation on a shroud tied slate,

‘None that who lives shall strive to speak,

For speech is called a dissenting crime’.

‘Nor the ones who live shall dare to breathe,

For such breaths could transmit sedition along,

And raise a shrill against the corpse dead state’.

Since the state is dead, the living shall too,

Pretend not to live and attempt not to breathe.

Else the shroud tied to the dead stone slate,

Shall be made a noose where the dissent be hanged.

~S~

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