A Homeless Mans Funeral

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A Homeless Mans Funeral

Post by smokem » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:16 pm

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs.
Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service
For a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be
At a pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical
Male, I didn't stop for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone
And the hearse was nowhere in sight.
There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt
Badly and apologized to the men for being late.
I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was
Already in place.

I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down
Their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for
This man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played
Before for this homeless man. And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers
Began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my
Head hung low, my heart was full. As I opened the door to my car, I heard
One of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've
Been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently I'm still lost.
It's a man thing.

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