Chris O'Carroll: Last Laugh

Missing man found dead inside Spanish
dinosaur statue – Headline in The Guardian.

How funny would I like my death to be?
Do I aspire to cheerfully outré?
Would it amuse me to expire, e.g.,
Inside a dino of papier-mâché?

A death scene’s something everybody plays,
So I mean very little disrespect
When I say this one merits special praise
In re the comic/tragic intersect.

I hope that people get a laugh or two
While I’m alive, and when I’ve done my dying,
At rest in bed or wacky and askew,
Some chuckles might mix nicely with the crying.