Almanac Poetry: Bob Craig’s Funeral

Friedhofseingang (English: The Cemetery Entrance), by Caspar David Friedrich, oil on canvas, 1825. (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)



Bob Craig’s Funeral


Organ music softly
crackles through tiny speakers
in this cut-price funeral chapel.
There aren’t many people here
to send off Bob.
Down at the cycling club, Bobby
always made himself useful
as club masseur, fund raiser
and never had it away with anyone’s missus.
But he’d never looked healthy.
Though a teetotaller,
diabetes got him at fifty.
His service was unremarkable,
except when a hulking football star
with a head chiselled out of granite
came to the lectern then said,
“I knew Bob. He was my friend.”
And started to cry.



(Acknowledgements: first published in The Journal (UK), 2018, then in the book, Sacredly Profane, Ginninderra Press, 2020.)



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.


  1. DBalassone says

    Sad, but evocative KD.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, DB.

    It’s interesting which experiences one has come out (usually employing artistic licence) as poetry. I’ve been to quite a few funerals in my life (alas!) but this was the one that turned into a poem.

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