Tag Archives: Death

Poetic Interlude XCII

Mid-Term Break By Seamus Heaney I sat all morning in the college sick bay Counting bells knelling classes to a close. At two o’clock our neighbours drove me home. In the porch I met my father crying— He had always … Continue reading

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A Response

First and foremost, I have to thank WordPress for featuring me on Freshly Pressed. I have had more traffic this week than I’ve ever seen, and it’s been magnificent. I sit here, constantly clicking refresh and watching the numbers soar … Continue reading

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In Which My Grandfather Proposes To My Mother

Gentle Reader, hang on for a minute, because I’m about to piss off my grandfather’s ghost. I probably shouldn’t be telling you this story, because those who are involved either swore me to secrecy or are my mother. To set … Continue reading

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In Which My Father Has Just Died: Part II

I believe we left off with some dramatic music, yes, Gentle Reader? Let it be my mother’s cell phone ringtone. She answered the phone in the hallway of the union building, just outside the office that our hearing had been … Continue reading

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In Which My Father Has Just Died: Part I

Don’t worry, Gentle Reader. This happened a few years back. I don’t intend to talk about the night he died (I happened to have a coffin in our backyard, as a prop for a party; there were questions), the funeral … Continue reading

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Poetic Interlude III: In which Obituaries are Combed

Gentle Reader! This might take the place of a proper post today, or it may not. I am being remarkably productive, and I want to keep the momentum rolling. While the blog is helping acquaint me with prose, poetry is … Continue reading

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On Funerals

Who puts the fun back in funerals, Gentle Reader? My family. I’ve had to attend a *lot* of funerals over the last few years. I’ve planned, run, and organized a fair few, too, not to mention memorials and wakes. At … Continue reading

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