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Burial Ban - poem for Anna

Updated on August 26, 2012

if you could tell a lie,

to honour

a friend's last wish –

would you?

would you, without doubt,

make an oath to the clergy

state with fervour,

she was a convert to their faith?

you could say -

I clearly state her persuasion changed

many years ago,

we attended church together,

we prayed together.

you could cross your fingers,

to undo the sinfulness,

although you know the fib

is justified.

ignore thoughts of thunder bolts,

blasts of lightning and retribution,

it’s the same deity,

so how can it be punishable?

the teachings say - do unto others,

as they would do unto you,

- you know for certain,

she would resolve it for you.

and when you observe,

her head stone,

exactly where she desired it to be -

your cup will flow over with joy,

I guarantee.


copyright (c) m edwards 2012


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    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      unknown - thank you so much for such a positive comment - really appreciate

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      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      it's such a great work..the message is deep and with the serenity of a rest.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      midget - thank you so much for your comments and wisdom - truly appreciate your words...

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      A lovely white lie that would be...and I'm sure it would be forgiven, travmaj. Thanks for sharing this thought provoking, lovely poem!! Votes up and away!

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Angie - three words - I agree entirely!

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      Angie Jardine 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Interesting subject, maj ... and if there is a God, and if he is like Jesus asserted, he would certainly not mind the lie. He is supposed to love all of us.

      The lie was only necessary because of what men (and women) have made of Jesus's teachings down over the years

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Thank you again Valley - I appreciate your stopping by and your comments - your describe exactly what I hoped to achieve.

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      6 years ago

      I love the way you have woven this moral dilemma into a delightful and light hearted verse. Very clever, voted awesome:-))

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Nell -very much appreciate your reading this and your comments. Thank you,

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      This was a lovely poem, and yes I would lie too, nell

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Mhatter - thank you so much for your comment -for stopping by - and the follow - I really appreciate it

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Glad (not in a bad way) it wasn't me.

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Hello Mr X - thank you also for your positive comments - I certainly appreciate them and your support in this mystifying hubber world!

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Pavlo - whoops - * response - typo error!

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Hello again Pavlo - thanks to you also - and your responce - good to hear from you -

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Patty - thank you for stopping by - I appreciate your comments -and the honesty in the reply. Cheers and best...

    • travmaj profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from australia

      Anne - thank you again - when I wrote this I felt the way I could portray what I wanted to say was in this form. I didn't consider the reader and only now realise how much I was asking of them. Interesting isn't it? Fantastic responses -

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I would too! Great poem!

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      I like the poem. Glad, I never had to make such an oath.

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Voted UP and Beautiful!!! Yes, I too would tell the lie!!!

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      6 years ago from Spain

      lovely poem maj. And yes I would tell that hesitation.


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