A Letter Of Wishes #poem #poetry

It is said by some of life’s deepest thinkers

That penning one’s Will can be a bit of a stinker.

Another wise owl opined: One can ameliorate

This problem if one were to create

A letter of wishes.

What should such a list contain

If raised passions we are to constrain?

‘The fondest of my post death wishes

Is you party, ignore the dishes,

Cover all with happy kisses

And someone take care of the missus…’

But even before they celebrate a life

There’s guidance needed to avoid strife:

What to do with his body, for pity’s sake?

Would he want to be buried or baked?

Donate him; embalm him?

Let’s face it, you’re not going to harm him.

And whatever route you decide to go

It’ll cost a barrow load of dough.

Perhaps it would be for the best

If you recycled him, with all the rest

Of his crap. All that random stuff

Of which we’ve had enough:

The unreadable notebooks

The misshapen cloths on hooks,

The lack of valuable jewels

The rusty box of tools

The hats and caps of many sizes

The shades and specs to cover his eyes

Strange adaptors

Bits of fossilised raptors

Jelly moulds

Remedies for colds

Boxes (under the stairs)

Of Socks (not in pairs).

My Gilbert O’Sullivan LPs

Supports for dodgy knees

Jigsaw puzzles

An old dog’s muzzle

A stirrup pump, rather sclerotic

Health magazines, not at all erotic

First Day covers

Something of mother’s…

No, just dump it all

Have a ball

All I ask


Is keep hold of the memories…

The good ones, anyway.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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39 Responses to A Letter Of Wishes #poem #poetry

  1. KL Caley says:

    A lifetime worth of treasure for someone but the memories are the prized jewel to cherish. Great post, Geoff. KL ❤️

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  2. A wonderful Will, Geoff. Ours are very simple – each leaves everything to the survivor trusting, as stated, him or her to distribute among children and others whatever remains of our belongings. If we both go together they can sort it out between them 🙂

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Lovely Geoff … We’ve sorted out wills and funerals all sorted and payed for long ago…might sound morbid but we’ve had to deal wit so many humdingers that we decided to sort it all out for the lads.,…as for our stuff I’m with you it’s all to be chucked apart from the memories…., I have a sneaky feeling you’ve got yours all sorted too.

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  4. Since I was in the army we sorted our plans out long ago and they have been regularly updated since. Funeral plan/will/living will/dementia will – all sorted. Property changed to Tenancy in Common (Important in UK in case of Care Home fees). Our daughter has assured us that she will hire a large skip and anything that doesn’t go to charity shops will go in the skip. We are happy with that. It is never too early to get things sorted!

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Profound thought, Geoff. What to do with the detritus of a life. We’ve got the wills sorted, now just need to tack down the funeral arrangements. Morbid but must be done. Every day is a gift.

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    • TanGental says:

      It’s the three pieces of music that seem to be de rigeur at funerals here that cause me angst. I toy with Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life from the Life of Brian though that seems trite. It’s A Wonderful Life, maybe though the timing is off. And if I’m buried then ‘Going Underground’ by the Jam, or if cremated ‘Come on Baby Light my Fire’ by the Doors. Possibly one of the most perfect instrumentals ‘Going Home’ by Dire Straits. Tricky, damned tricky.

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    • noelleg44 says:

      Already visited the DC5 on YouTube!


  6. I think you got a hold of my wish letter. Anyway, yours is terrific.

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    Beautifully done! I love it.

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  8. arlingwoman says:

    It’s always good to sort this stuff out. The amount of stuff most people collect does make permission to dump things in a skip necessary. Sorting it all might create the wrong kind of memories…

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  9. V.M.Sang says:

    This sounds just like my husband. He keeps stuff because ‘it’s bound to come in useful one day.’

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  10. Ha, Geoff, this is bitter sweet. I prefer to pretend my parents will never die.

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  11. Bridgette says:

    A heartwarming look at the things which really matter—our memories and the impact we had on others.

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