Codicil

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Please dress me in my three-piece midnight black
To suit me for this funereal occasion;
Donate my chequered ones to those who lack
The pattern of my life’s bright inclinations.
Then knot a fine bow tie to flaunt my tastes
The yellow one adorned with red carnations
But do not cross my arms or fingers lace,
I’ll not go in a stance of supplication.
On coffin’s silk please place near my right hand
All memories of my childhood and my children
And at my left the greatest dreams I planned
Achieved or not, they formed my apperception.
The volume of love’s pain and grief won’t fit;
Good riddance then, I’m finally free of it.

46 thoughts on “Codicil

    • The good news Libby is that only the first 15 years are the difficult in Sonnet writing – after that it’s just onerous! I am delighted to receive your very welcome words on this piece and thank you sincerely.

  1. Very nuanced! Gives me a lot about the narrator but a few mysteries at the same time. I keep turning over the last few lines, because the photos of family implies he does have room for love but not for the negative sides of it.

    Does he not want to deal with the grief of those he left behind and/or at the same time knows he’ll never be heartbroken again? Great thoughtful work!

    • The narrator has an enormous capacity for love but the idiot failed to distinguish the romantic love that he deals with separately in the closing lines. Perhaps he once felt forced to end a relationship due a partner’s continual breaking of vows – but who knows? He does however appear to have led a very contented single life thereafter. He considers that he has explained the concept of death to his children to adequately minimize any impact on them. The poet however is delighted with the level to which you have analyzed his piece and sought clarification from him. He feels rewarded by your interest and is appreciative of your attentiveness.

  2. Stunning, Mike … It reminded me of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock “by T.S. Eliot, somehow.

    I love these verses:

    “Then knot a fine bow tie to flaunt my tastes
    The yellow one adorned with red carnations
    But do not cross my arms or fingers lace”.

    And of course the ending ones

    ” The volume of love’s pain and grief won’t fit;
    Good riddance then, I’m finally free of it”.

    Thanks for this post. All the very best to you, Aquileana 😀

    • Much thanks mate but listen up – you should check with a lawyer about how legally enforceable it is (An elegy might be more binding than a sonnet?) 😀

    • Sounds like you never met my bank manager AD – that’s good; I’m glad that the spirit of this piece got you and thank you for letting me know in such warm terms.

  3. keelymyles says:

    It’s amazing to stop and ponder death. I don’t find it near so morbid as I did once. My preference would be very plain indeed, but under a colorful tree. You’ve captured a very lovely thought here, Mike.

    • That’s the spirit Keely, rationalize the event then add your own touch of pizazz to give your fanclub a smile. I’m pleased to have turned an odious topic to your liking and thank you for letting me know.

    • Funny that – I was just reading a Tweet “Make a little music as you’re tossed about. This is the wisdom of windchimes” (attrib. @SongsOfKat). THAT sums up my attitude. Thanks very much BC.

    • Good! I wrote it as a positive and practical piece and you were sharp to pick up on that – much thanks for such rigorous analysis of my work CG.

  4. i love it, truly love it – the style, the point of view, the thought process and the use of ‘apperception’ – perfect in the context. This is very fine indeed.
    My best to you, Mike
    john

  5. Oh, wonderful, wonderful. Yes, all of these things do for me : “the greatest dreams I planned Achieved or not, they formed my apperception.
    The volume of love’s plague and grief won’t fit;
    Good riddance then, I’m finally free of it.”

    Of all fine poets I knew you would find the words…
    I prefer the red dress though.
    Mike, this is too perfect for words!

    • Gee Hol you certainly know how to make a guy’s day. I’m truly overwhelmed by this wonderful affirmation. My humblest thanks to you. And yes, red would be a fantastic shade for one’s final appearance.

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