His funeral was held outside,
wreathed about by bushfire smoke.
They read their favourites from his poems.
Several of his family spoke.
Among his merits they recalled
how deeply he had loved this land.
At the end they played some Bach:
a Prelude and its Allemande.
The cello in the silence made
the morning wider and more brown.
A crow aaaahked twice across the sky.
We heard a semi changing down.
Geoff Page is based in Canberra and has published 25 collections of poetry as well as two novels and five verse novels. His recent books include In medias res (Pitt Street Poetry) and Codicil, a mini-selected translated into Chinese (Flying Islands).