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Cheryl Lynn Carlson, 67, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away early at home on September 2nd, 2022. Cheryl’s family is planning a celebration of her life.
She was preceded in death by Paternal and Maternal grandparents, Father William J. Johnson, Mother June D. Johnson, Brother Clifford J. Johnson. Survivors include: daughters, Kjesten Fiducia (Ed) and Rachael Cardwell (David); son, David H. Carlson III; granddaughters, Eleanor Fiducia and Dakota Cardwell; grandson, Tristan Cardwell; sisters, Dayle Reed, Gayle Hedrick and Kimberly Carson; nephews, Phillip Stewart, Adam Land and Daniel Brown; and great-niece, Daisy Brown.
The following poem was written by Alexine Crawford Wilson Howell.
In Defense of Light Verse
Ring out, glad bells! Toll not, sad dirge!
I feel a strong compulsive urge
To decry funereal verse, and substitute
What may be worse.
I’m tired of poems grim and stark,
And bleak and drear and dank and dark.
Let’s have some odes both fey and flimsy,
Laced with merriment and whimsy.
Oh, lease us not lament and grieve,
But bolster up our joie de vivre.
More merry anticsm Ooh-la-la!
Less esoteric brouhaha.
Frankly, as opposed to ghoulish,
I prefera verse that’s foolish.
And, as for Edgar Allen Poe,
To quote that raven, “Never mo!”