Instructions For Reading Upon The Occasion Of My Death by Jonathan Croose (HOW TO Series)   2 comments

This poem so speaks to me. — kenne

Silver Birch Press

lovers-with-flowers-1927.jpg!LargeInstructions For Reading Upon The Occasion Of My Death
by Jonathan Croose

1:
When I am dead, and the wake is over
and all the sandwich crusts are cleared away,
the kitchen tidy, as I would have liked it,
go upstairs,
into my silent work room, and investigate
the third drawer down.

2:
It may be hard to open,
it may stick and groan against its grain,
its corners jammed with forgotten sheaves,
but persevere, because within
you will exhume a poet’s legacy, a lifetime, left
on sheets of winding paper.

3:
No need to put these leaves in order,
just dive straight in,
to teenage angst, or air and water;
to the death of innocence, the birth of lust;
to dark desire and heartbreak’s youthful fire
and rhymes, now brown with rust;
to mildewed memory and separation;
to harsh complaint and State of the Nation;
to the moments when…

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Posted March 14, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

2 responses to “Instructions For Reading Upon The Occasion Of My Death by Jonathan Croose (HOW TO Series)

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  1. It’s one of those poems that echoes familiarity into the spirit, isn’t it Kenne? Thanks for posting this. Tom

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  2. There’s a lot of poetry out there, but this one really touched my entire soul.

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