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The Burial Of The Poet's Daughter

for Susie Iremonger
What an assembly of the old!
Of tangled grey hair!
Of stooped backs and rheumatism!
Of baldness, wrinkles and weak eyes!
Their youth unrecognisable now -
Experts at death this poetic band.

But at the base of the altar
Where the coffin was laid

The glass houses of sorrow!
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