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.
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