Planning a eulogy

by DRM


The importance of things my father said

I might be asked
To speak at his funeral.

I’ll structure the sentences to soften
The brutal impact remembered

From a question he asked once
About my grandfather that screamed

“Why is he so stupid?”
Grandpa liked fishing

Out by the bridge pylons.
My father ran out things to say

And drank beer,
Staring at his line,

The rank squid smell
Climbing out of the metal tin.

My grandfather liked the Mets
And to hear people get worked up

Over their problems.
If he had overheard my dad

Grandpa would have laughed
Without explaining.  That laugh

Taught me more than anything
My father ever said.