To Be Grand – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Celtic burial items from the site at Hochdorf. Kreis Ludwigsburg. at

“To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is the triumph over old age.” Thomas Bailey Aldrich

To Be Grand

Will I be buried
with the symbols of my life -
golden shoes, anointed with rich mead
and scattered jewels;

will they prepare my altar and
sweep my grave removing all the 
joss dust I might have accumulated?

Will they set fire to my bones so that 
I might find the glory of that which 
comes after life and list me among
all the souls?

Will they celebrate my ways of 
stumbled parenting?

I hope they toast the grandness
of my second round.

Copyright 2023 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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11 responses to “To Be Grand – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. The almighty God will take care of all of us!

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  2. I like the idea of toasting the grandness of someone’s second round.

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  3. lync56

    An amazing poem evoking an emotional response to this reflection on our passing


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  4. …and fantastic image. Those burial slippers/socks particularly…thanks Paul.

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  5. The grandness of the second round.. the afterlife… always the question of what next!! Interesting musings!

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