Pam Ayres Poem



It was such a pleasure to write and perform this ceremony for the family.  Their mother’s favourite poem was” I Wish I’d Looked After My Teeth” by Pam Ayres so I read it for them on the day and family and friends left with smiles on their faces.  They wrote afterwards:

My mum’s funeral was perfect in every way.  We could not have asked for a more sympathetic or respectful celebrant to oversee the ceremony.  Every part of the funeral was professionally done and we couldn’t have wished for a more considerate or thoughtful service.  We were left with a lovely warm feeling that took away some of the sadness.

We were all very pleased with every aspect of the funeral.

My Teeth by Pam Ayres

Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth,
And spotted the dangers beneath
All the toffees I chewed,
And the sweet sticky food.
Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth.

I wish I’d been that much more willin’
When I had more tooth there than fillin’
To give up gobstoppers,
From respect to me choppers,
And to buy something else with me shillin’.

When I think of the lollies I licked
And the liquorice allsorts I picked,
Sherbet dabs, big and little,
All that hard peanut brittle,
My conscience gets horribly pricked. etc, etc.


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