Skip to comments.Cemetery rejects profane gravestone inscription
Posted on 05/10/2013 1:33:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono
LYNN, Mass. Commissioners of a Massachusetts cemetery said they rejected a proposed grave stone inscription due to the inclusion of profanity.
The Pine Grove Cemetery commission in Lynn voted 6-0 to bar Sonny Santiago's family from inscribing his grave stone with lines of verse he wrote that include profanity, The Daily Item, Lynn, reported Thursday.
Santiago died in a motor vehicle crash Feb. 23 at the age of 23.
"You gonna remember the damn name, I give a [expletive] if I die with no damn friends, I got my fam by my side and that's until the end," the proposed inscription reads.
The family said they have submitted an alternate poem by Santiago for the grave stone and commissioners did not raise any objections to the profanity-free verse.
But... that's just so [expletive] beautiful.
Sounds like just the kind of crap Barry Obama would want on his.
Nope, I forgotten it.
"I give a [expletive] if I die with no damn friends,"
Don't you mean don't give a... ?
"I got my fam by my side and that's until the end,"
You ended, bro. Sho 'nuff.
Here lies Sonny, he thought he was smoove as honey...
But he done been hit by a car, and a million years, he’ll be tar...
I think dat boy dun flunk engklich....
Oh, that’s easy. Just inscribe the name ‘Legion’.
That should cover all of the possibilities.
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle.
Life’s but a walking shadow
Santiago has combined the classicism of Robert Burns with a subtle hint of gansta rap. It’s a classic, fo’ sure.
A head stone in my home town’s little cemetery reads:
“Been here and gone.
Had a good time.”
When you entombed in mens eyes shall lie.
Your monument shall be my gentle verse,
Which eyes not yet created shall oer-read,
And tongues to be your being shall rehearse
When all the breathers of this world are dead.
Santiago is now in the right place.
Oh, c’mon! Shakespeare is just some dead white guy.
Originally Published on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 By Cyrus Moulton / The Daily Item
LYNN A fight over funeral arrangements for an ex-boyfriend who died in a car accident led to a hostage situation and $1,000 cash bail for a man charged with kidnapping, according to court documents.
In a report on the incident, Lynn Police Officer John Clem wrote that the alleged victim was going to meet with the mother of Sonny Santiago on Monday morning to attend to his funeral details. Santiago died Saturday from injuries suffered when the car he was driving collided with a landscaping company truck on Essex Street.
The victim told police her intended involvement in the funeral arrangements upset the defendant, identified as Star Allen Johnson, 21, of 9 Landers St., whom she said repeatedly ordered her not to go.
When the victim went to leave the apartment, the defendant physically blocked her from leaving and held her by the arms, preventing her from moving, Clems report states.
Police reported going to the Landers Street address at 8:08 a.m. Monday on reports of a possible hostage situation, possibly involving a gun, according to Lynn Police Officer Michael Crosby.
More at link
There is a well-known verse in the area:
The City of Sin
You never come out
The way you went in.
About 20 years ago, the Mayor of Lynn tried to change the image. So he plastered Billboards all over town that said:
“LYNN, LYNN, CITY OF PRIDE.”
I had a gig in Lynn and The Mayor was a guest. He asked me what I thought of the Billboards, and I said,
“Pride is a SIN! In fact it’s one of the SEVEN DEADLY SINS!”
Hizzonah was NOT amused.
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