I go to people’s funerals
So they will come to mine.
Just think of the embarrassment
If nobody had a good time.
And what if the sausage rolls were off?
I’d be the joke of the town.
Or everyone laughed at the music I chose?
I’d never live it down.
I’d better prepare a detailed plan
I’d better be nice to my friends
Or nobody’s going to shed a tear
Or come to my funeral again.
Meg Barton lives in Oxford, and has been published in a few magazines including The Interpreter’s House and Lighten Up Online.