EPISODE 14 — Ashes to Ashes Just Gathering Dust
**Dedicated to all of the souls of the departed, in funeral homes across the globe, whose cremated remains rest in urns on the shelves, and for reasons unknown are left unclaimed, never taken home.**
“Ode to a Tiny Urn”
by Colleen S. Thompson
Oh precious baby, sitting here all alone,
Why didn’t they come to take you home?
They left you here on this shelf,
In an urn, years ago, all by yourself.
Their sorrow for you was so immense,
The heartbreaking loss was too intense;
The “why” and the “how” just made no sense.
The tragedy created a terrible rift,
The blame, the guilt; they began to drift.
They argued and fought, an order was sought;
If one couldn’t have you, and the other could not,
Then no one could have the urn of the tot.
An unfinished war that death had wrought,
The battles waged had been for naught-
Time had faded from memory and thought,
This urn of a baby that time forgot.
©2013, C.S. Thompson.
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