Every funeral you officiated, 
you told the story of the ships:

Why do we celebrate when the ship embarks
not knowing what risk will befall it, yet
there is no fanfare for the ship
that returns home safely,
its journey completed?

At your funeral, we lowered
the wooden planked box holding you
into the ground, anchoring you home.

© 2021 Jewish Young Professional


Written belatedly for The Sunday Muse


  1. beautifully and succinctly told; of course, some funerals are celebrations and some go sadly awry ; I am about to embark on a magically subversive book called ‘The Coffin Confessor’ by Bill Edgar who knows how to shake things up 🙂

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