As good a day as any for a funeral

As good a day as any for a funeral

A Poem by Gee
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Nothing else planned

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99 times out of 100 I would have declined point blank,
as nothing worse in my book than being a "make weight,"
an afterthought, an arse to fill a seat
so that the deceased's "popularity" would not be compromised
and folk wouldnt, behind cupped hands in whispered tones,
glory in the poor turn out.
Today however was different, post Christmas blues different.
The festive "come down" coupled with "nothing planned"
leading me to gladly, "of course I'll come," accept,
this though to the detriment of any, all, feelings of self worth.
But when weighed up against another night in alone, the choice made itself,
as there would be little thought of anything once Johnny and Jack took hold.
I smiled at myself in the mirror.
Perfectly attired to mourn, to console, to parrrrrrrrrrrteeeeeeeeee.




















© 2019 Gee


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Love the conversational tone as the protagonist explains their reasoning for attending and the almost satirical ending is simply brilliant.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Thanks John.
Sometimes funerals dont always bear the same stigma. Been to many and all seem to be so different - some are a celebration of life while some - sombre. The one I wrote my pieces for was certainly a celebration of her life loved by all and a person of vim and vitality! Everything was so well thought out and effective. Back to your piece. Thank you for sharing,

Posted 4 Months Ago


Gee

4 Months Ago

Thank you for commenting Kitty.
kitty

4 Months Ago

You are welcome!
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Free food and booze make it worth it I guess.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

Indeed. Get in there and free load...yeahhhhhh.
Cheers Ana
As a kid I remember the so-called 'mourning' at the Irish-style wakes our extended family attended.
This poem touches on a topic most try to avoid: both funerals and our desire to stay away. You've handled this well, Gee. Thanks for the read.
Tom

Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

Thanks for commenting Tom, much appreciated
Given that the main attraction is the only one not giving a hoot about how many bums on seats there are, its a curious ritual is it not?

Last funeral I attended, (a distant uncle in Wales,) there were so many folk there I didn't know, it could have been odds on I was at the wrong venue. :))

Beccy.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

There will be a few I attend just to make sure...
As for my own, I live close enough to the c.. read more
I had to chuckle at your honesty. Sometimes we do things because we "have to" not "want to". Hope Johnny and Jack got you through it. :) Julie

Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

Hi Julie, thanks.
Johnny Walker & Jack Daniels I presume . . . I love the first half becuz of your stinging honesty about funeral attendance as it relates to popularity. I love the whole "seat warmer" sentiments . . . moving on to a grudging acceptance which felt a little too easy. You are a master at revealing our weaknesses & quirks & twisted motivations! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

You presume correctly m'dear :)
Funerals for many nowadays a chance to have a matter and get .. read more
Well you certainly hit the nail on the head wiyh this Gee. I have just returned from a funeral, where there was bouncers on the door taking everyones phones. I s**t uou not.
The reason became apparent at the eulogy, when it was pointed out that everyone pay their respects to someone for ten minutes without thinking the world would end if they didnt update their status. They hated the fact no one could visit without constant phone twiddling anf in general being an ignorant s**t.
The sister later told me that despite them having a great time, laughing and joking like it was a party in their honour, all of them were trying to turn it into their drama online. She then went on to post the real pictures of events, naming and shaming them all. It made my day.
Looks like some people dont do mourning now, which will make for an interesting day when their turn comes round...And these were family ffs! Just through me on the compost heap and save the pretence, say I.


Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

What a great thing to do, nick the phones and enforce respect and chit chat.
I'm for the inci.. read more
Lorry

5 Months Ago

Me too. I have left specific instructions in my will to scatter them where I wish them to be thrown... read more
Funerals I attend are more a celebration of the departed's life. I have to say I don't like going, but do so to pay my respects. True though, a time for a family reunion. Your lines made me smile. You write with black humour. That can actually be helpful at times like these. Good morning Gee. Hope all is good in your part of the world. Wrap up warm, it's chilly.

Chris

Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

Good afternoon Christine, I'm laid up with man flu, feeling sorry for myself as us men do once we ha.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Hope you feel better soon. Man flu makes it sound like a cold (lol). Anyway, it's not a good place t.. read more
This one is a fine slice of black humor. To be able to look at the dark side with a cynical eye and still bring a smile to the face of all but the true prude requires a deft art. The part about Johnny and Jack was especially funny. Well done.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Gee

5 Months Ago

Thank you kindly, I'm chuffed you approve.
Good morning
John the Baptist

5 Months Ago

God, I love the English language! What, prithee, is chuffed?

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