kelvin karani

A Just Send Off - Poem by kelvin karani

Trees swayed in the wind
Dogs barked cows mowed
It was like nothing had happened
And yet, he lay there, unmoving

His friends family and fiends
Were all united in grief
Ulterior motives faked emotions
Glued them in the occasion

The out kitchens were crazy
Animals and people struggled
To get a crumb or two
For the energy to mourn

With tears licking their cheeks
They filed past the casket
To give him the due respect
For the last time

On the casket flies stood sentry
They watched and pitied him
He was a meal, but they couldn’t feast
Their hearts went out to him

He went down inch by inch
And when he reached home
He smiled laughed and said:
“Free at last, thank God almighty! ”

Above a man stirred
“Am not sober” he said
And dismissed what he heard
Down below, he dozed peacefully

Hours later they were mourning
Their emotions were now real
His property was being auctioned
Just as his will stated

He heard them and smiled
He envisioned some with knives
In readiness to skin the elusive prey
He laughed the last laugh!

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 11, 2009

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