remembring teeb

(first cousin named in ‘the mill below owl castle’)

“but there, everything has its drawbacks,

as the man said

when his mother-in-law died

and they came down upon him

for the funeral expenses.”

(jerome k. jerome. 1859-1927)

this quotation reminds the poet of the

funeral of his mother

his first cousin had apparently paid

for her funeral?

but mom had told the poet some time


that she had paid for the arrangements

herself/ naming the funeral parlour

in felpu.

and so his dear cousin had taken the

savings off his rental account

he didn’t pay the poet and sole inheritor

but bought himself a new car instead.

since then fraud from a family member

has not only hurt the poet deeply

but also created a schism –

an even deeper rift

so deeply/ deeply

he wouldn’t ever listen to one word

of his cousin’s lies –


damn you/ teeb! damn you!




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