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Funeral Planning

A "Sandwich*" Rhyme by Beverly Stock.

Death words in the Alphabet,

Choose a brass, plastic,

Bronze or wood Casket.

Codicil? Yes, will and Trust,

Opening grave fees,

Pallbearers a Must.

Mortuary and Probate,

Choose a plan but please,

Don’t die Intestate.

Flowers and a Grave Liner,

Viewing and wake and,

Estate Administrator.

Eulogy and a Bequest,

Condolence, tears then,

Death Certificate.

Crypt, an odd Fascination.

Burial then wake.

What? Exhumation?

Embalming, knell and Service,

Visitation times,

And Rigor Mortis.

Whatever our grief Demands,

Healing is eased when,

Funerals are Pre-Planned.

* My “sandwich” rhyme is an abbreviated form of an “enclosed” rhyme. Mine follows an aba rhyme scheme whereas an “enclosed” rhyme is abba. Rhyming words are in italics.


Beverly Stock is an American poet living in St. Louis. Her work has been published on, at, on Persimmontree.Org, and on the Webzine Lighten Up Online.

Funeral Planning

© 2015 Beverly Stock

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