So Cold

The corpse was on display

For everyone to see

To say their goodbyes

I was maybe 12 years old

And there lay my great grandma

I was terrified

Not sure of what to do

Then my grandma took my hand

And put it on the cold hand in the casket

I was mortified


Sure everyone was watching me

Is this what everyone did

I wanted to wash my hand

That wasn’t my great grandma

My great grandma always smiled

We sat and watched others

There was a sermon I don’t remember

Because I watched it so it wouldn’t move

Then they took it away, down the aisle

I don’t remember much else

But I still feel the cold

Instead of her always warm hand

Still see that sour sad face

That used to grin

That corpse was not my great grandma

But I will never forget it


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – corpse

3 thoughts on “So Cold”

    1. Thank you so much! It was either this memory or the one of a cousin who lost a baby, but that time I just could not bring myself the courage to look at the body…babies are not supposed to die.

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