Thursday, June 04, 2015

A sorrowful chain of events





The prognosis was poor. Just a few months more said his doctor.

Walking home, he happened upon an undertaker's premises. He looked at the coffins on display. My next and final resting place he thought. But not yet.

Head bowed he turned and started to cross the road.

It was not the driver’s fault. He could never have stopped.

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Just a few mourners gathered at the chapel. But where was he?

The hearse in which his body rode had suffered mechanical failure. He was to be late for his own funeral.

The final sad link in a sorrowful chain of events.













Picture courtesy of C Hase

19 comments:

  1. Dear Keith,

    Luckily for him, he's dead. I thought about why he had to go see the doctor. Concluded he was probably a chain smoker.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    1. You can smoke worse things Douglas!Thanks for visiting.

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  2. "Chain smoker". ~giggle~ Nicely done, Keith!

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  3. That was a downer for going into the weekend.

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    1. sorry about that Susan - I'll try to cheer you up next week!

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  4. too bad he didn't even get the three months the doctor said. when it rains, it does pour.

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    1. It wasn't meant to be! Thanks plaridel.

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  5. It certainly was a gloomy chain of events. What a shame he didn't study his bucket list instead of coffins - he seems to be the type who invites disaster. An effective portrait of a sad ending.

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    1. I'm sure there are folk who go through life like that. Thanks for dropping by.

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  6. Dear Keith,

    Bummer of a chain of events. Late for his own funeral...perhaps I shouldn't have laughed, but I did.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I must admit I smiled whilst writing it! I didn't want to laugh out loud for fear of tempting fate!

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  7. Bummer, late for his own funeral, sad chain of events!

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  8. Some people are just born unlucky... and then they die the same way. Nice take.

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  9. At least he can't stress about it anymore ;-)

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  10. Actually, I'd prefer to go like him instead of suffering away the last three months. And being late for one's own funeral can be sad, but it could also give him a laugh, if he could see. IN any case, it's a sad, but also interesting story.

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  11. Sad chain of events, indeed!

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  12. Aw, these are really really sad. :(

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  13. If he had been meticulous in his life, his soul wouldn't have rested in peace with the delayed funeral. Sad for him, of course, but don't know why, I smiled reading that ending. Nicely written!

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