in reply to Old Monks go gentle into that good night.
Perl monks, it seems, by and large, don't go out with a bang - they just go gentle into that good night. One minute a Perl Monk brimming with years of knowledge and skill, the next minute there will never be cause for another conversation about Perl for the rest of their lives.Though I suspect you're right (by and large), it's problematic to verify. For example, consider:
Sometimes monks disappear for years, then reappear. Sometimes, sadly, they shuffle off this mortal coil.