Laryngitis (draft 1)


As they say, “dying is easy, comedy is hard.”

I went with laryngitis to a funeral with cue cards
that I bought that were supposed to be comprehensive

But I got the order of the cards all wrong

“It was such a senseless death.”
She was beloved and helped
every high soul that we all are
when we have soared in our freedom bird
and flapped all our flights of feather
fluffy things warm and complicated.

So I held up my card that
said Hooray and I meant to say
most respectfully
I love you, and
I am flooded with tears, but
I don’t have a card for that

I raise my protest sign
“Oh God, how could you take her?
I object under penalty of hell, but
I protest: she is too good to go”

— Douglas Gilbert