Maybe the Oldest

He died April thirtieth
after maybe the most human days
on the earth.
Mbah Gotho
was born before they kept records
of every birth
in Indonesia
so his claim of coming up
at the end of 1870
has not been supported
by any authorities
who matter
like that Guinness Book.

It should be said
that Indonesian authorities believed his claim
and issued IDs to back him up
but his 146th birthday
was not published by Big Book
so really
what does it matter?

But whatever his number of days
he convinced enough people
of his age
and crotchety state
which might have been the real victory
all along.

About Jonathan Berger

I used to write quite a bit more.
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