Mr. Brady died

everyone used the words passed away

it was strange when someone in my family

died they just died

I assumed if you were nice

that you passed away then


at his wake the men

stood in one place and the

women and Mrs. Brady in another

she was also very nice


Mr. Simon rarely ever looked upset

in his hand was a small pebble

he kept rubbing over and over

with his thumb

I don’t think many people noticed


even then I understood it was

suppose to relieve his stress

I couldn’t tell if it worked

one year later he too

passed away