Henry Fonda didn’t die on you‚
he just died. Carol Burnett

says this to Liz Taylor in 
a movie so Liz gets trashed 

and puts a shopping bag 
over her head‚ or Carol 

tells Liz this to make her 
feel better after trying 

and failing to kill herself with 
a bag. Certainly we all need 

a visit from the Perspective 
Fairy now and then but you 

have to be careful because 
not just anyone 

can play him. 
Ernest Hemingway was summoned 

to coax a friend down from a roof 
with a cold–cream jar of opium 

that Ezra Pound had left for him 
with the instruction to bust it 

out in case of an emergency— 
really if these were the guys 

in charge of my safety 
I’d take to the roof too— 

but when the friend finally 
came down‚ he threw the jar 

at Hemingway’s head because he knew 
that the real Perspective Fairy’s 

got gigantic wings you can 
almost see through.