He was not a man much noticed,
keeping within safe limits, dutiful, obedient,
reliable, of course, and sound:
a man who got the job done,
but you never really noticed the doing of it.
He attended well enough to his
Mondays to Fridays, always quietly there on time;
and then it would seem he kept his weekends
much to himself, a back pew in church on Sunday,
the eight o’clock, when there was one.
Now he is wearing his Sunday suit
for his last church attendance (on a Thursday);
a sprinkling of folk, there for form’s sake, mostly. After all,
he had never really made a splash,
having never gone overboard.