Ten days after Uncle died
We three cleaned the house
Our auntie just sat there & cried

Our mother said, "Cheer her up"
So we ran upstairs & sat on her bed

They said you bury the dead
What's bury?
Rosie said, "Something you do
When people are dead."

Played cat & mouse games for an hour
Jimmy went down & picked her a flower

Rosie said prayers & sang her a psalm
Then our mother said we'd been there too long

We left her alone for a little while more
Then a commotion: a hearse at the door!

They said you bury the dead
What's bury?
Rosie said, "Something you do
When people are dead."

Rosie & Jimmy ran away scared
A man with a hat & long black clothes
Entered the room
In a dark somber pose

With two of our uncles shoulder-to-shoulder
They carried the coffin away to the graveyard
To be buried

They said you bury the dead
What's bury?
Rosie said, "Something you do
When people are dead."


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