Oscar’s Mama’s Funeral

20 Oct

by Mani G. Iyer

Oscar’s blind mama,
sick and dying on a hospital bed,
one day,
summoned Oscar to her bedside,
told him she had a vision
of a beautiful place
where it was all white,
worthy of being called
the kingdom of god,
and how badly  she wanted to be there.


Poor Oscar, beside himself,
implored her not to leave him.
His mama laughed a weak laugh,
chided Oscar
on how he should not be selfish
in wanting his mama to live on forever,
when god wanted her,
and smiling,
she went on to discuss
her funeral arrangements.


She wanted no one to wear
black and mourn for her,
instead, it had to be white, the color of eternity,
and everyone celebrating
her journey to an infinite life,
and finally, she wanted to be buried
in her Georgia hometown.
She then sent Oscar to buy her fresh flowers,
so she could smell and feel them when she was alive, 
not when it was tossed into her grave.


The young Oscar set forth
to buy himself a suit, vanilla though,
for he thought white was too white,
and deciding to add color for celebration,
green shoes, a green tie, a green hat and
when his mama passed away,
he had her transported to her Georgia hometown,
instructed the near and dear
to wear only white and celebrate
his mama’s journey to eternity.


The near and dear thought it was a joke,
and at the funeral,
it was only Oscar, who appeared in not so white,
with splashes of green.
His cousin gawked at him,
and inquired if he was on his way to Hollywood,
to which Oscar replied, it was his mama’s dying wish.
A sad Oscar tried to stem his tears,
and pretend to smile in celebration,
when his mama’s  coffin was laid into the earth.


His cousin needled him about his colorful attire,
and finally, an exasperated Oscar told him,
it looked like he badly wanted Oscar’s outfit,
and proceeded to give him
the green hat,
the  green tie,
the not so white suit, but
not his green alligator skin shoes,
for that was too dear.


Mani G. Iyer was born and raised in Bombay, India and has lived in the United States since 1985.  He is deaf-blind due to Usher Syndrome.  He became deaf by the age of 4, night-blind by the age of 12, and now has very little usable vision.



One Response to “Oscar’s Mama’s Funeral”

  1. Jason Rulesco December 7, 2011 at 10:17 PM #

    Great post, will benefit my sister – will share it with her! 🙂

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