More Advice for Miz Quickly

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Once Is Enough, Quite Frankly

I can’t recall who, but someone told me once (because once was enough, quite frankly) “The only thing that’ll happen if you stand in the shower holding a bar of soap is the soap will melt.” It was probably my mother. She bubbled over with things you only wanted to hear once. And being her daughter, I’m bubbling over as well.

And as far as I can tell,
it happens like this.

First to arrive is a man
carrying a doctor’s kit.
Then the ambulance
with its urgent lights.
Later the priest arrives.

The neighbours don’t know
who’s ill. Or who’s dead.
They’ll let gossip do the
rounds. Fill in the details.
None dare ask – keeping

themselves to themselves
until they’ve sturdied
themselves to look in on
their own mortality, and
walk a bit in your shoes.

Written for #FOWC: the word is kit and Miz Quickly’s “More Advice“. Shared with @Experimentsinfc #APoemADay on Twitter   ©Misky 2021

9 responses to “More Advice for Miz Quickly”

  1. When it is my turn, I’ll skip the priest bit and go straight to the wake.😊
    …and the soap only melts if you turn the shower on!


    1. I’m thinking neighbourhood barbecue. For the wake obviously, not the cremation. 😂

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      1. 🤣🤣Do a two for one!


        1. That reminds me of the BOGOF guy on telly. 😜

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          1. 😂 Indeed yes!


  2. I like the idea of not mourning and donating my remains to science. What’s left can be turned to ashes set free. Maybe because I am too far to visit most of those I would care to visit that are buried – so I carry their memories with me.

    Your soap in the shower reminds me of a gift we used to get for our Dad… soap on a rope.

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    1. Sounds good to me!

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  3. Doctor, ambulance, priest. Says it all. Wonderful stuff, M.


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