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Outside the Crematorium

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Outside the Crematorium

The car that brings that box
with requisite solemnity
purrs reverently to its gentle halt.

The engine is well mannered,
so quiet I hardly know it’s died,
yet the silence now is solid,

till men in black, with practised gravity,
pass to the rear to slide out that box
from its car-borne bier,

where it sat like a slab during transit.
Now it commands my eyes;
it shares my air.

That box! It cannot be ignored,
not now it is here and I so close
and knowing what is in it.

Only when it is carried inside
and placed on the catafalque –
restoring distance between it and me –

do I allow a resumption of my breath
as I move into the chapel
to take my place and make my farewell.

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