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by Norman
Rated: E · Poetry · Entertainment · #2172476
He never wore a smile
He never said hello to me
Not even a casual, “Hey”
Forget about, “How are you?”
Or more formally, “Good day”

I tried to meet him half way
I’d nod and give a smile
But he never seemed to notice
So I gave up after a while

He was a dour fellow
His face was all pinched in
He never wore a smile
Never mind a toothy grin

His wife was not as stuffy
Although she didn’t chat
But at least she was more friendly
I appreciated that

I read it in the papers
His heart had failed they said
He went to sleep one evening
And he never left that bed

My wife and I discussed things
There was a wake that night
Should we go to pay respects there?
My wife said it was right

But I had some mixed emotions
I did not want to go
Did we have to send some flowers?
Did we even have to show?

We didn’t really know him
Even after all this time
And he was a very old man
No longer in his prime

Well, he’s not old any longer
He’s dead as dead can be
But I can’t say that I’ll miss him
He always acted dead to me

So she talked me into going
I even wore a tie
The funeral home was empty
No one else to say goodbye

And there he was all laid out
It was a sight to see
For the first and only time
He wore a smile for me

It made me smile too
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