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Dearly Departed


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I’m sitting in the pub by meself minding me own business
When me close friend Gerry walks in.
“Gerry! You’re back! Grand, so glad to see you, it’s been a while.”

Suddenly his wife walks in with a look of shock on her face.
“Oh my God Gerry’s here!”

I reply, “Of course he’s here why wouldn’t he be?”

To which she replies, “We thought you were dead!”

I respond with, “Well, to be honest, so did I. Never mind that now, what you drinking’?”

Out of the blue, me close friend Daryl is standing beside me.
“Daryl! Shite! You have been away for ages! How was it in New Zealand?

Suddenly, his wife appears with his two children. “Oh my god, Daryl! where Have you been! we thought you were Dead! You should have been in touch with us, we are your family. I love you so much Daryl, here, meet your son.”

I’m in a basement recording studio when in walks Rex. “Rex! What happened? You were supposed to meet us in Thailand!” Straight after I say this, in walks some friends.

“Hey look Rex is back! So good to see you mate, you been recording bands in the studio? Honestly, we thought you were dead mate.”

“I reply, So did I. Come on let’s get some noodles And Guinness, no red wine!

Then there was the time I was at work, backstage somewhere I can’t remember where, when Me boss Keith, the band’s singer, walks down the stairs to where I am. “Keith! Where have you been!? Thought you had quit, got bored of feckin’ touring and the unwanted attention.”

The rest of the band show up, totally shocked at the sight of Keith.
“Fuck, Keith! What happened?! Christ man, we all thought you were dead! Sorry man, you alright yeah.”

It has been so good to see and interact with my dead friends time and time, again in my dreams. I wake up happy as their memory lives on throughout my day.

This piece was inspired Daisygwoods (Cocoa Griot)read her piece here…

Thank you Michael Stang for your lessons on clarity as always. J.

Thank you Michael Stang for giving my words a platform here at Story maker. Thank you all for reading and your precious time. J.



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James G Brennan

Writes free to read eclectic free verse poetry. "Everything in life is writable about" Sylvia Plath.