42. That empty chair
© Bruce Goodman 22 September 2017
(The poetic form selected for this month is the English or Shakespearean sonnet.)
That empty chair I see across the table
Reminds me; I must phone my headstone mate
And ask him if in any way I’m able
To cut on costs without been thought a cheapskate.
Quite frankly, funeral costs went through the roof.
The walnut chest you wanted I ignored.
Instead I thought of something on the hoof
And nailed a box up out of some old boards.
I didn’t think too many would attend
A funeral service in a pricey hall;
The obit. read: No flowers, we don’t intend
To celebrate her life and death at all.
At least the whole affair has one bright spot:
I’ll sell your chair and hope I get a lot.