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Poem of the day

Thursday, 9 February 2012

There will be exactly two schools of thought about this poem:


The Funeral Director

by Jerry J. Brown

Listens, hears and understands…
Communicates softly, a tear, a touch, a smile…
Senses the shock and knows the numbness of disbelief and denial…

Understands the intimacy of death, and quietly
responds to each mood and moment…

Knows the many faces of grief and helps
family members understand them…

Walks with families through the corridors of
confusion and despair onto the pathway of
acceptance and serenity…

And through education, experience and
personal compassion, is the most
dedicated to helping people during
this time of pain and sorrow.

Thus, with gentle strength and deep sensitivity
the Funeral Director serves our society.

9 comments on “Poem of the day

  1. Thursday 9th February 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Give that man a laureate!!

  2. Jonathan

    Thursday 9th February 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Yeah, well, you understand Mr Words…l I dunno…
    I was only a brickie, a Mr So-and-So,
    and you see, they didn’t teach us poems on site,
    only ragging up quoins, running blocks in and shite,

    so arterial line brakes and rithom and rime
    will jall ust have to wait a wyle for some other time
    cozz the bathos I’m striving at may get detracted
    but that’s cozz I’m not on the books, just sub-contracted.

    B. Rick Layer

  3. Thursday 9th February 2012 at 8:17 pm

    It’s a vast improvement, Jonathan, and I think you touchingly evoke the nobility of a funeral director’s calling. One quibble: you have yet to master completely arbitrary line breaks. Oh go on, another: you have employed craft skills like rhyme and rhythm. They detract from the bathos you are striving for – yet attain it, too, for all that, I must admit it…

  4. Jonathan

    Thursday 9th February 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Okay, Fran, how’s this? –

    I’m tired of being a funeral director,
    purveyor of coffins and corpse injector.

    To comfort the mourning with words sweet and saccharine;
    if only they knew what I give them – it’s knackerin’!

  5. Fran Hall

    Thursday 9th February 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Oh the temptation to write a poem about the reality of being a funeral director (Can’t bring myself to capitalise those two letters..)- time for a competition at GFG Batesville Tower maybe?

  6. Thursday 9th February 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I think I may well be entertaining both of your schools of thought!

  7. Thursday 9th February 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Very well said. You can help people with your knowledge. Sometime it is enough to put someone back on track.

  8. Thursday 9th February 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Don’t know, Kingfisher. He may be going out with one, he may have been hired. He may even have written this because his Muse moved him so to do. There’s no accounting for poets.

  9. Thursday 9th February 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Is Jerry J Brown a funeral director by any chance?

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