One thing I ask

One thing I ask:
that I might know true love
before I have no strength,
and the undertaker measures
how long I am, my length,
for the coffin he’s prepared,
from which my waxen face
will stare at those who pass.
Is this desire wrong?
Am I a fool to ask?
It makes me rich to think of love—
thus, I write my song.


Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #149
More Poetry Pantry #391 at Poets United

Posted on February 18, 2018, in poetry, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Lisa at Greenbow

    Love is an essential element of life. It comes in different guises. We have to embrace it. It will come.

  2. No you are no fool….I have discovered true love from within….it is my bliss and enhances all other connections! It is essential.

  3. I say one is never a fool for asking for love…you are indeed rich for you believe in “love”

  4. Putting it out to the universe usually brings a response. I will watch further poems with anticpation. Smiles.

  5. You remind of a story told by a friend….a man had been unkind to his wife, when the undertakes called to say, the coffin was too short, she said, “Bend his knees.” I miss my friend, who is gone now, but her “sayings,” live on. Yes, I think we are all rich when our thoughts are filled with love.

  6. This is perhaps the most touching piece of poetry I have ever read!!💖

  7. Beautiful. I love the part about you staring from the coffin as people pass.

  8. I hope that everyone has a chance to know true love…the greatest of riches indeed!

  9. You must give your love away before your receive some back.

  10. I hope you and everyone find true love. Your song sings this yearning beautifully.

  11. It is helpful to give a little thought to the after-life. It might help us from straying too far!


  12. I think it’s an appropriate request ❤

  13. You are not a fool to ask. It will come.
    Anna :o]

  14. Not too much to ask. I love “before the undertaker measures how long I am.”

  15. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    Plaintive and touching.

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