Thursday, November 5, 2009

"No Casket For Me Please"


Lay me down in a bed of grass

when my body dies, that it may pass

deep into the essence of

this glorious earth I do so love.

But until that time:

My heart gives rise to the high places,

how transcendent is God in these spaces!

Where trickster breezes weave through my hair

and the miracles of life are everywhere.

Then soon:

As a falling leaf, my cheek it doth kiss

this life I know I'll sorely miss;

so when you note my long, last nod,

just place me in the soft, green sod.

By Cathy S. Rapicano - June 4, 2006

20 comments:

staceyjwarner said...

I love this so truly magnificent and enchanted.

I do so love the earth. If I could buried privately without a casket to not take up "space" I would be but cremation is how I will go...

much love

Gerry said...

Hmm, well in my play Happy Hello Sad Goodbye, Grandpa's idea was for the girls to find someone to dig a hole and throw him in it to save funeral expenses, but his wife passed on said no, the town would not let them. My body goes to Science, and only a few ashes can be returned for $40. I suspect you will not be able to have your wish, but you will be gone. I asked the undertaker if they still had cheap pine boxes and he said yes. Seems like everyone gets talked out of that one on their plan. I haven't seen one in years if ever. Nice sentiments in this poem though. Gerry

Senorita said...

No casket for me, I would rather be cremated.

Lori said...

VERY nice!

Big Mark 243 said...

I think that this is very fitting for you. Would make for a great thing to be said after your memorial.

Kathy said...

Interesting and lovely poem Cathy.

Anne said...

I LOVE this Cath! Anne

HERCULES HUNT BLOG said...

Truly beautiful poem Cathy...what a wonderful writer you are, thank you for sharing it with all of us :)

Donn met twee n's said...

In order to evade the furnace I've chosen to become a Vampyre and stretch out my tenure for a few centuries.

When I finally get cornered by the townies and have a stake driven into my heart I will be at peace.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

beautiful, lady! truly beautiful! such a way with words you have! thanks so much for dropping by one of my places earlier - i'd had you on my mind!

natalie said...

dear Kathy
I love your poem!
Please come by and leave comments at Lurkynat!
I love your blog!
Cheers and I hope your November is getting warmer for the heart as Thanksgiving approaches
hugs,natalie

Trees said...

You truly are a gifted poet and writer my dear friend. I love this poem but I am going to be pushing up the daisies one day.

Diane J Standiford said...

I think that might be illegal in the states...I'm going to the nearby university for med students. My spirit will be long gone. (I sometimes wonder if it isn't already...)

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