the sign read
> > FUNERAL
> > Come Any Time
> > Services Held Round the Clock.
these days almost any attire
will do for a funeral
but out of respect, she wore black
from her head to her soul.
the gravesite was hastily prepared
for it happened so suddenly
she was taken quite unaware.
Her footsteps faltered, and stopped
as she fought to hold on
to something already gone
but anger reached out
slapped her in the face
and pushed her through the door
silence took her half the way
there, and took the seat beside her
but for the service
she took grief by the arm
as she made her way down the aisle
she needed, I guess, a bit of strength
to view the deceased.
the burial was quick, but she stayed
until it was completely over
afraid, once again to face the door.
the headstone, she thought, unnecessary, for
the words were carved deep in her soul
"herein lies my heart"
[This message has been edited by fc (edited 01-19-2000).]