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The church of Saint Ann is by the river
Fifty sad mourners standing at its gate
A cold December chill made them shiver
Ice on the roads caused the hearse to be late.

Twenty minutes late, then it did arrive
Six pallbearers shouldered the coffin in
The mourners couldn’t wait to get inside
Leading the mourners were the next of kin.

A lovely service and the choir sang
Readings were read by friends and family 
The service now over the church bell rang
All made their way to the cemetery.

The coffin was lowered, more prayers were said
Then on to the wake for hot soup and bread.



Written on 13th July 2018

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 8/13/2018 2:38:00 PM
My Granddad died two weeks before Christmas (this was about a decade ago) and this gentle poem reminded me so much of the day he was buried, so thank you for posting this-
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Date: 8/14/2018 7:44:00 AM
Thank you Michelle, Its something we all experience at some point in our lives and sadly the older you get the more funerals you attend. But they live on in our hearts and we have fond memories of those who have gone before us. Regards Tom
Date: 7/17/2018 9:15:00 AM
Well written Tom Cunningham !
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Date: 7/17/2018 10:15:00 AM
Thank you Paris. Tom
Date: 7/16/2018 5:59:00 PM
I really like how you took this event that must happen so often in cold parts of the world and just wrote it all out, just how it happens. Very nice.
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Date: 7/16/2018 6:06:00 PM
Thanks Andrea, have attended many over the years and they never seem to be in summertime, it either rains or snows and always a grey sky. Tom
Date: 7/16/2018 11:53:00 AM
I could see it in my mind's eye, Tom. I lost my mother to MS. Every funeral reminds me of her....Lovely piece.
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Date: 7/16/2018 12:34:00 PM
Thanks Eillen, have been to many over the last few years including both my parents, images always surface, we never forget them. Tom
Date: 7/15/2018 3:54:00 PM
You take one there, Tom, love your sonnet.
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Date: 7/15/2018 4:09:00 PM
Thanks Harry, been to many over the years and memories of them surface. Tom
Date: 7/15/2018 1:53:00 PM
Sad to loose a loved one be it family or friend. Your writing about it brought it home. Thanks for your visit to my page. Sara
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Date: 7/15/2018 2:03:00 PM
Thank you Sara, funerals are always a sad occasion, but a chance to say goodbye to loved ones. Tom
Date: 7/15/2018 3:10:00 AM
Mournful imagery so vividly expressed that found myself among the family holding back my tears dear, Tom! Superbly written!
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Date: 7/15/2018 3:35:00 AM
Thank you Demetrios, a sad occasion without a doubt, but gives us a chance to say a final goodbye, until one day we meet again. Tom
Date: 7/15/2018 1:44:00 AM
Sent a chill through my warm summer bones, Tom. I've done around five funerals this year already- black tie on rapid response alert :). Regards, Viv
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Date: 7/15/2018 3:32:00 AM
Thanks Viv, sadly they become the norm as we get older, I too have the black tie on standby, you must have been a boy scout too lol.
Date: 7/14/2018 11:43:00 PM
Nice vignette, Tom. Felt as if I was there ... by the way, want to mention that I am about to take a lengthy break from P.S. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your constant support and encouragement. You've certainly given me a boost! … Wishing you all the best, Gershon
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Date: 7/15/2018 12:57:00 AM
Thank you Gershon, Thank you also for your support on here, I hope it is an enjoyable break for you and look forward to your return. Good luck. Tom
Date: 7/14/2018 1:29:00 PM
You paint a picture with words that brings your vision alive in the reader’s mind, and we too can appreciate the moment and feelings you've captured. Emile.
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Date: 7/14/2018 5:35:00 PM
Thank you Emile, I know many will have experienced what I have written about at some point in their lives. It is an emotional experience that leaves an impression in your mind, the saying goodbye to a friend or relative. Tom
Date: 7/14/2018 9:44:00 AM
With respect, loved it all but the last line grabbed me, usually a tipple of sorts lol. Mick
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Date: 7/14/2018 10:47:00 AM
Thanks Mick, Oh you're right Mick a few tipples' but first the soup, only in winter though lol. Tom
Date: 7/14/2018 8:30:00 AM
Yes, as we get older, it seems like we start attending more funerals than weddings:-)! I enjoyed reading this well-written sonnet dealing with a poignant every day aspect of life. Well done, my friend! Hugs and love. Pandita
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Date: 7/14/2018 9:31:00 AM
Thank you very much Pandita, but you're right, more funerals' as we get elder. Tom
Date: 7/13/2018 11:05:00 PM
An accurate description of a winter funeral, Tom. Although it's not an event we look forward to generally, it is a part of life.
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Date: 7/14/2018 2:17:00 AM
Thank you Carol, sadly its a road we all have to go down eventually, to me though its a gateway to the next part of our journey. Tom
Date: 7/13/2018 9:05:00 PM
A scene played out thousands of times a day. You would think enough to get the attention of the living, where we truly contemplate life, but no! It's just a conveyer belt and soon we will be the ones at the end. Will the world notice, no! Only a few family and friends. May we live with our end in mind and live to increase our impact with family and multiply our friends!
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Date: 7/13/2018 9:23:00 PM
Thank you Dave, how true is your response, a conveyer belt that we will all end up on for sure there is no getting away from it, all we can do is lead a good life and make the most of the time we have. When we do go hopefully our work on here might bring pleasure to people in the future. Tom
Date: 7/13/2018 5:21:00 PM
A very touching piece, I've been to two in 2 weeks Tom - didn't go to either wake so doubt soup and bread was served as its been so hot here. :-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/13/2018 5:32:00 PM
Thanks Jan, as we get older it becomes the norm. Soup always welcome at a winter funeral though. Poured down here today, summer having a break I think
Date: 7/13/2018 4:17:00 PM
the poignancy of this piece was what i turned to, tom... wonderfully done!..huggs
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Date: 7/13/2018 5:21:00 PM
Thank you Nette, the last few years have been nothing but funerals, part of life I suppose. Tom
Date: 7/13/2018 1:03:00 PM
- I always freeze at funerals ... always bad weather on such days ... maybe there should be hot soup in the church - Great written, Tom - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 7/13/2018 1:07:00 PM
Thanks Sunshine, but how true, its always grey skies and gloom, I cant remember the last time I went to one in summertime. Tom
Date: 7/13/2018 12:54:00 PM
Well described Tom.!
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Date: 7/13/2018 1:05:00 PM
Thank you Heidi, as you get older it's hospital appointments and funerals. Tom