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When I die….

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English Poetry, Uncategorized

When I die….


Who will miss me?

   How many will be at my funeral?

   Turn up at the church?

   Walk to the graveyard?


Again the wrong questions!


Who will I have left behind?

   To find a believing priest,

   To place me in holy ground?

   To pray the many prayers,

   To mitigate my many sins?


Who have I been?

   And who will I have left behind?


©Copyright Fergus Carty 2011


  1. Hi
    you said it yourself ” the wrong questions “.
    Why fret when today be sweet? Someone said ‘ Journeys end in lovers meeting ‘ . So the end is the beginning and all who care will certainly be there.

  2. saurabh says:

    Who have I been? in my view would be the question after Who am I?

  3. Parespeare says:

    When I die, I would like it, if the people I know
    would celebrate my going rather than crying over it
    may be a funeral party….

  4. medhini says:

    A lovely muse,Gion.
    Should we really worry
    about ….?

  5. Vishvnand says:

    Very nice poem
    Liked very much the poem and the pondering it provokes.

    Remembered few lines of lyrics of a very beautiful popular & revered Marathi poem of great poet B R Tambe, on the subject, the opening lines of which translated may read something as follows

    “When I die my people are going to say “Haai” Haai” for a little while
    But no world’s work or activities are going to be affected after I die….
    Everything will go on running in the same way it is going on as now …”

  6. kusumgokarn says:

    Right or wrong, one has to answer one’s own questions.
    I hope you will find yours in your next poem.
    Best wishes,

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