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The Eulogies

You listen to the eulogies
Describing someone’s life,
With focus on the happy times
But little on the strife… 

The anecdotes to make us laugh
And nod our heads – that’s him!
The picture boards depicting shots
When he was young and slim.

To capture who a person was
Once death has staked his claim
Is like watching reruns of the highlights
Of a tennis game.

You get the gist and understand
How all the points combine
But a life is so much more than just
Where spotlights choose to shine.

Copyright © ilene bauer

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  1. Date: 2/6/2016 9:25:00 AM

    How true... how true.... and well spoken.
  1. Date: 2/6/2016 7:13:00 AM

    Great write Ilene....
  1. Date: 2/5/2016 8:50:00 PM

    I love the way you make comparisons in this poem. Excellent write, Ilene.

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