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Dressing Up
Gaynor Kane


Is that his wedding suit?
Aye, t’is. And all the other
weddin’s, wakes, christenin’s
and Sally & Joanne’s civil partnership.
He did a great job that day…

Aye, he was always happy
if his wee girl was happy.
Doesn’t he look great?

Aye, they’ve done a fine job on him. I haven’t
seen him look this good in years. I keep on waitin’
for him to sit up and blurt out some ridiculous fact
about the ocean; I never knew what he’d come out
with next. Talking of his mouth, they’ve shoved
his dentures in. Hadn’t bothered wearing them
since he came home from hospital, last spring.
It’s the packing and the make-up, so it is.
There’d be ructions if he knew
they’d put lippy and blusher on his bake!

© by Gaynor Kane.
Used here with the author’s permission.



Gaynor Kane lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with her patient husband, aging dog and, sometimes, a temporary fledgling daughter on return from university. In her spare time, she likes writing and taking photographs. Gaynor volunteers at EastSide Arts Partnership and is vice-chair of Holywood Writer's Group. Her chapbook, Memory Forest, was published in December 2019 by Hedgehog Poetry Press. Learn more about Gaynor at

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Sarah Russell:
Just wonderful! I was there with them.
Posted 04/13/2020 03:57 PM
True to life!
Posted 04/13/2020 02:02 PM
Outstanding!!! I love this poem!!
Posted 04/13/2020 11:24 AM
Oh yes, great fun.
Posted 04/13/2020 11:05 AM
michael escoubas:
"I haven't seen him look this good in years," is probably what folks will say as they pass by my coffin too! Well done, Gaynor.
Posted 04/13/2020 11:04 AM
This is delightful. Artfully done.
Posted 04/13/2020 10:43 AM
Posted 04/13/2020 10:22 AM
funny, great voice and conversation. I don't think he'd be happy in that suit though on his way out, or in, if that happens to be the way he's going. Randy
Posted 04/13/2020 08:00 AM
That was delightful - I throughly enjoyed it.
Posted 04/13/2020 07:19 AM

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