Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TO BURY THE DEAD

TO BURY THE DEAD
© Farouk Asvat

To bury the dead
You have to dig deep
Into your pockets

These days
It takes very little
To bury the dead

You only need:
               1 marquee
               1 catering firm
               20 tables
               200 chairs
               1 ox
               and lots of champagne
Plus:
               2 municipal buses
               10 socialites
               20 official mourners
               250 official guests
Plus:
               Some handsome mortuary fees
               Some preparation of the body
               to make a beautiful corpse
               The hiring of a long hearse
               And an expensive coffin
               made of genuine oak
               with brass handles
And:
               1 ordinary grave

To bury the dead.

So that at the bargain price
Of a few thousand rands
You can have a wonderful burial
For your dearly departed
At the most fashionable funeral parlour in town
Whose inviting motto is:
     "Call Us Before You Go."

Yes, it takes very little
to bury yourself these days

     Because
     "You can have a memorable funeral
       For your loved one -
       For just R20 a month"

     Paying for the rest of your life


© farouk asvat

composed 07.01.1993 [Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

To Bury The Dead was previously published in:

     The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p76, 2006);
     www.faroukasvat-lingo.blogspot.com (18.09.2012);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (31.03.2015);
     The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (kindle, 2014);
     The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (amazon paperback, p74, 2014).

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© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.

Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.

Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly & nonprofit purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com


[] please check out my blogs @:

farouk asvat - poems: www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com



books by farouk asvat: www.faroukasvat-books.blogspot.com


[] also link up on:





amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

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