Her Last Post

Aunt Ellen says that you would be annoyed
that the celebrant is a man.
Even in death.

Family must sit at the front
which seems unfair, considering.
Grandma was a communist.

And a unionist and a pacifist
and a self-taught, spied on, activist leftist.
A Feminist.

The officiant dictates to the front row
stand (angry) as you leave.
Even in death.

Penny Gleeson


Penny Gleeson lives in Melbourne suburbia with her partner, cat and generations of books and plants. She is a PhD student and sometimes lecturer.

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