(A poem written for my son-in-law to read at the funeral of his mate who was killed by a hit-and-run driver recently. He didn't want anything mawkish)


I know this bloke – a friend of mine

We’ve shared some laughs, some special times

He liked a beer, he liked a wine;

Yep, that’s Michael.


I knew him well as you did too

If you don’t mind then what I’ll do

Is share my memories with you

About Michael.


Who’s always late and in a rush?

Runs to work, his face all flushed?

Banana stuffed inside his mush?

Yep, that’s Michael.


Who drunk eleven pints or more?

Who crashed out on my kitchen floor?

Who peed against my hallway door?

Yep, that’s Michael.


Who’s at the circus or the zoo?

Who’s in the seaside ice-cream queue?

Who’s holding Chloe’s hand there? Who?

Yep, that’s Michael.


Who yabbers on at politics?

Illuminati and their tricks?

He makes us all seem thick as bricks.

Yep, that’s Michael.


With hard-boiled eggs he made a sac

A scrotal one swung forth and back;

We laughed till we were fit to crack!

Yep, that’s Michael.


Who went abroad but wouldn’t drag

A suitcase for his beach bum rags

So took a Tesco plastic bag

Instead. That’s Michael.


And who bought flip-flops d’you suppose

Too small because the ones he chose

Both cause infections to his toes?

Yep, that’s Michael.


On top of this and all of these

He had a weakness and that’s he’s

A sucker for his cottage cheese

Yep, that’s Michael.


But God alone knows why his time

Should end so cruelly in his prime

He truly was a friend of mine

Yep, that’s Michael.

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John Coopey

Wed 8th Nov 2017 09:22

I gather so, Hannah. He was my son-in-law's mate. I merely wrote the poem for him. Thanks for your thoughts.

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Hannah Collins

Tue 7th Nov 2017 20:29

He sounds like a lovable character.


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John Coopey

Wed 1st Nov 2017 14:17

I keep a plentiful supply of Kleenex to hand, Graham!

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Graham Sherwood

Wed 1st Nov 2017 10:33

This has the perfect weight for what you describe as it’s intended use.
Make sure there are plenty of Kleenex handy JC.

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John Coopey

Wed 1st Nov 2017 08:35

Thanks for reading, Suki. He had just turned 30 and has a little girl. Wrong place, wrong time.

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suki spangles

Wed 1st Nov 2017 08:05

Hi John,

I feel chocked up just reading this. A beautiful poem..

So sorry for the loss. Life sometimes seems so utterly cruel..


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