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My Ashes

My ashes will be scattered in the garden of remembrance
A place that to me will have no relevance
For I will be gone, my spirit departed this life
So it won’t matter, it won’t cause me strife

I could ask to be scattered in Scarborough in the North Sea
Where my ashes could float on endlessly
Or they could be scattered in my Wrockwardine home
Where the wind would be free to make them roam

For those who I leave behind, memories they’ll have of me
Smiling and joking that’s how it will be
They can remember me as a Scarborough or Wrockwardine lad
As long as there thoughts are happy not sad

When my life is over and you all gather round
I hope you will wear colourful clothes and make lots of sound
I beg you not to be miserable or downhearted that day
Celebrate my life have a drink and just say

All the things that you think of me it can do me no harm
Have a hell raising party forget being calm
Sing karaoke and dance till you drop
Let the party go on let it never stop

Let the memories I leave you sustain you through the years
Whenever you think of me try a smile hold the tears
For maybe one day our souls will meet again
I’ll be there to greet you and drive you insane

For as in life so I will be in death to
Someone who will make you smile that’s what I’ll do
I will still be the Scarborough or Wrockwardine lad
For those who don’t like it well that’s just too bad

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  1. Date: 12/9/2013 4:06:00 PM
    Bravo Owen you said in this poem exactly how I feel. A truly great read...peter

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 7:10:00 AM
    ' greet you and drive you insane,' what a great line! This exceptionally well composed, with couplet rhyming and cadence. Exactly how I'd like to be remembered!! BRAVO, my friend!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 1:46:00 PM
    It's a 10

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Going to the Fav's! This tops that thing I wrote for sure! Loved it! It will be hard to hold back the tears of joy this fine lad has brought to the world. :o)

  1. Date: 7/7/2013 9:50:00 AM
    ;))))) Wow! Wow! It's absolutely an outstanding poem as our dear friend, Andrea had just said my dear friend Owen. Perfect as always! BTW, why are we writing about death this time? I've just written one too which I'm going to post later. Thanks for sharing my dear friend Owen. Best wishes and good luck always! No dying ok??? Have a nice weekend! love lots and big big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 3:36:00 AM
    Great way of expressing ones departure from this earth--enjoyed the flow of the rhyme. Well, I have already told my family that the song they have to play ( continuously) at my church funeral has to be "Shiny.. Happy.. People" by R.E.M.

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 11:43:00 PM
    wow, Owen, this is outstanding. Debs says too sad. I say , this is how death should be!!!

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 6:39:00 PM
    Hey; I like it. You get a 7 on this one. When I die I want almost the same thing. I think you will be around for a while. God bless you always..... lucilla

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 3:32:00 PM
    Too sad...I just wrote one on death too grrr BIG BIG hugs NO dying allowed!!! Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 3:03:00 PM
    My friend do not leave us for the next 100 years or so! Beautiful and thought provoking poem! Well, when I die for good, I will care only for my soul! When one is 70 years old he has already died ten times and didn't care about it! Excellent!

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 12:56:00 PM
    whoa...this one hits me right through the heart... an endearing, compelling work, owen...incredible piece; good to see you on my side of the track.. thanks and huggs!..:)

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 7:05:00 PM
    ha love the way you spill it at the end. Thank you for sharing <3 ~SKAT~ <3

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 12:54:00 PM
    Where are you going? Stop this nonsense, Owen. You are not going anywhere, my friend :). Love ya, Toquyen