Death of Arnold
My best friend Arnold died,
he was only nine and three quarters.
In a white casket laid and his hair
was combed for once.
His lips painted
(he should only have known)
Rouge on pale cheeks.
Arnold was going up to Jesus, that`s
what the grownup said; he didn`t
Look as he was going anywhere
I felt embarrassed the way they
had dolled him up.
Death is strange I knew it was Arnold,
but was aware he was an empty shell
mother hung the picture on the wall,
a reminder, she said.
When my brother died she took
the picture down.