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At funerals, we listen as
The anecdotes are shared.
Some speakers prattle off the cuff
While others are prepared.

The congregation laughs when tales
Embody the deceased.
Those chortles let the tears subside
As tension is released.

As relatives and friends reflect,
Each listener may wonder,
What stories will be told of me
When I’ll be six feet under?

A life that lasted decades
Leaves a void, to some, immense;
Yet just a few examples
And that essence we condense.

The mourners may be left with wisps
Defining the departed,
Such quick-drawn sketches meant to soothe
The not-so-broken-hearted.

Vignettes can only say so much,
Though comfort they provide.
To those who count, there’s much more left
Than words, when someone’s died.

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  1. Date: 2/5/2013 5:30:00 AM
    oh the memories ilene, your poetry is so special....

  1. Date: 2/4/2013 11:29:00 PM
    This is so nice. And it contains so much truth in it about the thoughts of the loved ones left behind. Just keep them coming, Ilene!!

  1. Date: 2/4/2013 5:15:00 PM
    How true! We recently (last month) buried my mom-in-law. The stories we shared of her at the funeral seemed to bring us closer together and was a comfort. Great write, Ilene! Love, Kim