Grandma's Funeral


 

   I
 
"She's lovely . . . so natural."
A corpse pumped full of formaldehyde.
My grandmother? That prodigious maker of
pies, cakes, stuffing, and cranberry ice?
That lover of Burger King restaurants,
amusement parks, presidential elections, and long

      summer rides?
Her flushed face is like stone.
This body is a mockery of her being.
(Her fearless motion is done.)
 
   II
 
She gave us life.
Crass, fond, willful. She gave us life
like turkey and stuffing.
She is the answer to our dark questionings.

 

Hear Jerry/Lucius read this poem.    This poem is part of the Scraps of Faith collection of poems.

Keywords:  grandmother, funeral, artificial, embalming, death, life-force