A is for Amy who fell down the stairs,
B is for Basil, assaulted by bears.
C is for Clara who wasted away,
D is for Desmond, thrown out of the sleigh.
E is for Ernest who choked on a peach,
F is for Fanny, sucked dry by a leech.
G is for George, smothered under a rug,
H is for Hector, done in by a thug.
I is for Ida who drowned in the lake,
J is for James who took lye, by mistake.
K is for Kate who was struck with an axe,
L is for Leo who swallowed some tacks.
M is for Maud who was swept out to sea,
N is for Neville who died of ennui.
O is for Olive, run through with an awl,
P is for Prue, trampled flat in a brawl.
Q is for Quentin who sank in a mire,
R is for Rhoda, consumed by a fire.
S is for Susan who perished of fits,
T is for Titus who flew into bits.
U is for Una who slipped down a drain,
V is for Victor, squashed under a train.
W is for Winnie, embedded in ice,
X is for Xerxes, devoured by mice.
Y is for Yorick whose head was knocked in,
Z is for Zillah who drank too much gin.
- -- Edward Gorey, "The Gashlycrumb Tinies"