We stood at the cemetery gate.
Grandma had been despatched
to a new, unknown, destination
and we were going to her wake.
The mourning was quite intense
although the anguish was fake
or hypocritical, at any rate.
All her life a fiery termagant,
she’d upset the nuclear family
being rude and starting feuds
with relatives young or old;
she was noxious and intolerant
but had a penchant for gold.
She bought loads of ingots
which her inheritors fancied,
thus the lachrymal outpour.
It showed that they cared
and didn’t speak ill of the dead.
Real tears were bound to follow
when her testament was read
to find she’d left her fortune
to the cats home instead.
© Luigi Pagano 2016
© ionicus 2023
LOL 😉 Excellent Luigi! They say “where’s a will, there’s a relative”
You captured the whole scenario totally. She sounded like a right old battle axe and all. haha 😉
pic was great too.
Not all relatives are lovable or loved and some can be spiteful, Alison.
This was inspired by a true case of the grandchildren of a woman who had left her entire estate to an animal charity whose will they contested. I can’t recall the outcome but believe they lost the appeal.
You’re in fine form, Luigi, I didn’t see the punchline at the end coming, which in contrast to the solemn lead-up intensified the comic effect of the poem on me. Thank you for one hell of a belly laugh!
Thanks for your appreciation, Glenn and for letting me know that the punchline had the desired effect.
Enjoyed the humour, Luigi. Great last line.
Thanks for the feedback, Otreasaigh, and welcome. Are you a new member or a an ex-UKA with a new name?
Hi Luigi. I did reply, but those foul hackers have much to answer for. I’m an ex-UKA member who had a break from creative writing sites for a few years. Now trying to reinvent myself. You and I are actually friends on Facebook. Best regards, Mick Treacy.
Excellent craftsmanship, Luigi. It had to be that ending. With relatives like that I’d probably do the same if I could.
Likewise, Gerald. As I haven’t got a fortune – ingots or otherwise – to leave, I haven’t any worries on that score.
Ha Ha well done Luigi I didn’t see the end coming, some really nice descriptive lines here that allow us to connect with the characters and buy in to the whole senario. Very much enjoyed, Keith
I thought that a touch of humour wouldn’t go amiss among the doom and gloom that so depresses many. Cheer up, everybody!