Michael Meyerhofer

Cardboard Urn - Poem by Michael Meyerhofer

After the funeral, your hair
and skin baked to ash,

your body brought back in a gray box
with a bag of soot inside,

box and bag on a pedestal by the table,
your brother came to see you.

He asked where you were,
and when I said By the table

he thought I said On the table
and he said Here?

peeking under the lid
of an empty drinking cup,

as though we had gone
to the local Kwik Stop

for gas and fountain drinks
then decided what the hell?

and used a cardboard Pepsi cup
for our mother’s urn.

He actually thought that,
and his eyes got wide

as he stood in the dining room,
unspeakably appalled,
staring at that cup

and mother, oh sweet jesus
how I wanted to laugh.

Comments about Cardboard Urn by Michael Meyerhofer

  • (11/4/2005 3:12:00 PM)

    Glorious. When I stopped laughing I turned to my mother, who's still there after five years in the corner next to the champagne bottle while I decide where she might like to blow about.. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/24/2005 6:54:00 PM)

    This was great! What a clever way to write about death. Even though we lose those we love we do not lose our sense of humor. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/24/2005 6:07:00 PM)

    What a terrific sense of humor you have, Michael. So glad you're here. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 24, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, November 14, 2005

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