Yesterday evening i took part in a "flash mob" of people who met to send a real-time farewell to a friend who is dying alone save his wife in hospice. We met in a parking lot and spent seconds with him virtually inches from each other face to face




Sun and spring beget a smile

On passers by this afternoon

I sit and watch the multitudes

From the isolation of my car


I’ve parked here waiting for a friend 

We’ve agreed to meet to act

As part of a necessary pageant 

Made up of unknowns generally


We have a common bond this day

To honour someone whom we know

Though in many varied contexts

Each unique to him and them


At the appointed hour we gather

In an awkward distanced way

Each one knowing their part but

Alone in other broader relation


All are masked and hidden 

Eyes alone betray their thoughts

A woman stops at each of us

A phone in hand she instructs


We’re here to offer fond farewells 

Via FaceTime to a friend

Who lay dying in the hospice

His wife the only family there


We wish him well in jolly tones

And move aside for the next one

Repeating the real-time chant of

Endearing falsity knowing that


Should it be reversed we would

Take heart in knowing that 

Some group of friends took

Time to say farewell this day

Poetry by josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2021-03-04 at 13:34

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
What a creative way to gather to say goodbye in this age of isolation.

Christopher Fernie The PoetBay support member heart!
Dear josephus,

This moving piece of poetical journalism could very well describe
a new ritual for funereal farewells.

I was also reminded of Edward G, Robinson's 'death' in his last film, which I believe was 'Soylent Green'.



one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
The sense of isolation, loneliness, and camaraderie is palpable. It must have been a difficult poem to write.