How My Neighbor Deals With Death
by Michael Philips
Now I have seen everything.
The wake is going on right now from two to four
And it’s a quarter to three
And I look out the window
And I see Tony in shorts and a baseball cap,
Walking around, moving cars,
Not at his brother’s wake
Which is only today
So I go to the funeral
Tony shows up late
And gives a speech
He hardly says a word about his brother
He starts talking about his business
And how it wasn’t going well
And somebody ripped him off
But now things will get better
And he talks about some charity he’s giving to
And the importance of giving to charity
That evening from his yard
He told me that I smile all the time and
That my life must be going well.
“You’ve always been one of the nice ones, ” he said.