i.

the adults
great grandmother's grandchildren
wept dryly
heavy heart

she had lived to a ripe old age of
ninety-nine years

the void deck was solemn
with unspoken knowledge

one by one
they prayed respect
palms facing each other
offering joss sticks, burning incense

each thought of the
wonderful days spent
with old grandmother who was
forever
loving, caring
in their heart

reminiscence

there were no tears

ii.

the kids
great grandmother's great grandchildren
small
insensible

to them
the whole event was a
mini
gathering with their cousins

who was that
lying in the coffin
resting in peace?

no one cared

the unfamiliar one, they said
who was eighty ninety years
older than them
who spoke strange dialect
they don't understand

happily they played
their card games at the table
chit-chatting

and,
there were no tears