There's a lot of character in both the grandmother and grandfather that makes this great. I like to think a deeper level is that the grandfather is clearly laughing/smiling while looking over the narrator from this poem.
I love the emphasis on music and dance in this poem - both acts associated with life and liveliness, while you write about death.
Agreed, dwalker. There is so much life in this poem about death. It reminds me of Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gently into That Good Night" but with a more hopeful tone. Great read to kick off a thursday morning.
This reminds me of the Tom Waits song, Tain't No Sin... "Tain't no sin to take off your skin and dance around in your bones."
You write beautiful prose poetry! It is a hard thing to achieve, but I think you did it flawlessly. You also know how to poetically talk about cultural aspects and traditions, which I think is very important in creating your persona as a poet and writer.
Beautiful work! I particularly liked the last six lines.
My favorite line is by far "He hated anything that made the music stop." I've had the pleasure of seeing this performed and I never tire of it.