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And they gathered in from the Midwest and north,

Some of the poorer sort and some of some worth,

And they bowed their heads at all the right times,

And all showed respect as the organ played chimes,

A patriarch of the family had died.

They marched out in their blues and grays,

And nodded to each other in vaguely familiar ways,

Stood silently by and slowly walked and then stood around,

As the casket slipped into the ground.

A patriarch of the family had died.


They ate the meal that the neighbors brought,

And talked to each other how they really ought

To get together in some other places,

Then they got in their cars and drove out,

Each of them knowing without a doubt,

They next them they’d see each on this earth,

Would be when another had died of equal worth,

Another patriarch of the family would have died.

                                – eab, 10/97

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