Bri Edwards


FUN-eral....... [my funeral; relatives; life and death; fun]


Did you ever notice, in “funeral”, the much smaller word, Fun?
If there was a funeral for me, who would “from it” and who would “to it” run?
At 64 I’m overdue perhaps; why should I any longer stick around?
In our big paper dictionary, many as young or younger than I have died, I’ve found.

I’ve no wish for a funeral; burn me to ashes and be DONE!
But IF I had a funeral, I’d wish it were a bit of fun........
for me at least, and hopefully for all those who might come.
But it’s usual, I think, for funeral-attendees to seem a little glum.

If I knew I could NOT avoid..... a public showing in a casket,
I’d want a convex mirror mounted near my head, ... using tricks to mask it......
so I could see what was going on at my fun-final-farewell party, AND
to see who might show flowing tears, and who might show laughter, hearty.

Perhaps I’d see a sibling or two or three. I surely would hope not all four.
At least one (the oldest) , I think, would be practical and not attend; maybe more.
After all, why spend the money and time? They should all know me by now.
BUT I might understand, if they lived close by.....and if someone served free chow.

My ex-wives, if they had money, might show up well shoed and gloved,
and, if my wife saw my exes at my funeral, she’d be happy I’d been loved.
My stepdaughters might show up, thinking it the thing “to do”.
And if their mom outlived me, they’d be closer to the money too.

I’ve got some old friends who’d wish me well, but I doubt they’d make the trip.
One cousin might show up; she and I were once “glued-at-the-hip”.
My parents are long gone from this life; no funerals THEY had.
If I looked into my mirror and saw them not, I’d be neither glad nor sad.

My one and only child, if anyone, I'd hope to see in casket mirror.
I'd hope not to see her chuckling, but instead to see a tear.....
or two, but not many. She should know I’m satisfied to rest,
as I've taken my humanity course, and (I think) passed the test.

(February 2013)

Submitted: Monday, July 22, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

the stanza, starting 'My ex-wives', used to read something like this:

My ex-wives, if they had money, might show up to see if i was REALLY dead,
and if my current wife saw my exes at my funeral, she would hit ME in the head.

fortunately, or unfortunately, my 'current wife' glanced at the screen as i was letting her use HER computer for a few minutes. i was a bit surprised when i found that she had read the poem (or at least that stanza) AND she had changed the end of the second line to the way it now is in the finished poem. so i had to satisfy both of us by changing the story a bit and finding a word to rhyme with loved. which do my readers like more i wonder. i like both!

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  • Noreen Carden (5/12/2014 6:44:00 AM)

    Hey Bri if all your PH friends came to your funeral we would talk about your funny poems and how you made us smile Nice poem I like it as usual you make us look at the funny side of life (Report) Reply

  • Elena Plotkin (8/27/2013 4:33:00 PM)

    The only fun funerals I know are the ones in Louisana where the music plays and procession of people are laughing and dancing away. I think that would be perfect for you Bri. But hey, a funeral is always fun and games until someone dies... Yup sorry I couldn't help but go there. Love your poem. Your poem was enjoyable and deep... about six feet deep, I'd say. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (7/31/2013 5:08:00 PM)

    Loved this write Bri particularly how you have shared your life with us all. I have attended many Funerals seeing beautiful celebrations with musicians, DVD presentations favourite collections and lots of laughter. It is so important that we do not fear death. It is peace (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (7/30/2013 9:27:00 AM)

    Excellent Bri I like the original.thank you for the Eulogy. I am with you. I want my to have fun (Report) Reply

  • Ellias Anderson (7/27/2013 8:29:00 AM)

    well, i should say that funeral is the last party for all of us, saying goodbye to all the people who we love and care about. also they come to say goodbye to us. (but at that time we can't open our mouth and say anything.) in our funeral we should be glad and laughing due to our good past, (if we really had one) and the other will cry to lose a great human, (again if we were a good person) . i think it will be a nice funeral. and about the last line, it's just perfect Bri, i really love the ending. (kinda collaboration)
    and at last, we all are going to that party, and at that time, (also my soul) will remind this brilliant work. will whisper it under soil and get rest. thanks for this great and impressive write dear.
    Your loyal friend
    Elias. (Report) Reply

  • Leaking Pen (7/24/2013 7:16:00 PM)

    Dear Bri
    Now that I am in the sunset of my life, you sure put a new twist on the final celebration, I love your creative take on an morbid issue, you opened my eyes to a new possibility fun versus run, I don't like going to funerals, but the idea that death is watching with a mirror on its head...sound like even in the afterlife you still like to edit and proof invisible human senses....why not...good on you
    Now I will never dread going to a funeral, and by God I hope you will be around for a long long time
    Truly
    Paul(Leaking Pen) (Report) Reply

  • Nader Baheri (7/24/2013 12:09:00 PM)

    this is really good with no exaggeration.and this is the kind of poems that absorb evry mind.
    first it reminded me the story of that movie A man of the moon.his funeral went on with laughing at the end.
    second for you i think its a little bit different.the people would laugh BUT WHILE the tears falling down on their cheeks.
    i wonder if we really need funeral.when death comes we will be dead.finished.
    wonderful and virtuoso
    ~nb (Report) Reply

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