poirot: after the funeral

After the Funeral

When you told me you needed a drink-drink
and not just a drink like a drink of water,

I steered you by the elbow into a corner bar,
which turned out to be a real bar-bar,

dim and nearly empty with little tables in the back
where we drank and agreed that the funeral

was a real funeral-funeral complete with a Mass,
incense, and tons of eulogies.

You know, I always considered Tom a real
friend-friend, you said, lifting your drink-drink

to your lips, and I agreed that Tom
was much more than just an ordinary friend.

We also concurred that Angela’s black dress
was elegant but not like elegant-elegant,

just elegant enough. And a few hours later
when the bartender brought yet another round

of whiskeys to our table in the corner
we recognized by his apron and his mighty girth

that he was more than just a bartender.
A true bartender-bartender was what he was

we decided, with a respectful clink-clink
of our drink-drinks, amber in a chink of afternoon light.

You know how in the UK there are only fifty or so actors, and they are all in everything? Here’s further proof: DA actors, who have also appeared in Agatha Christie adaptations:

Hugh Bonneville - Poirot (Murder on the Orient Express)

Phyllis Logan - Poirot (Sad Cypress)

Elizabeth McGovern - Poirot (Appointment with death)

Lesley Nicol - Marple (A muder is announced)

Penelope Wilton - Marple (They do it with mirrors)

Kevin Doyle - Poirot (After the funeral)

Dan Stevens - Marple (Nemesis)

Raquel Cassidy - Poirot (Mrs McGinty is dead)

Samantha Bond - Marple (Why didn’t they ask Evans?)

                            Poirot (Adventure of the cheap flat)

                            Marple, the Joan Hickson series (A murder is announced)

Douglas Reith - Poirot (Cards on the table)

Julian Ovenden - Poirot (After the funeral)

Zoe Boyle - Poirot (Appointment with death)

Robert Bathurst - Poirot (After the funeral)

Matthew Goode - Marple (A murder is announced)

Iain Glen - Poirot (Elephants can remember)

MyAnna Buring - Marple (A Caribbean mystery)

Nigel Harman - Marple (A mirror crack’d from side to side)

Harriet Walter - Poirot (Cat among the pigeons)

                         Marple (Sleeping murder)

Richard E. Grant - Marple (Nemesis)

Kevin McNally - Marple (Blue geranium)

Joanna David - Marple (Greenshaw’s folly)

                         Marple, the Joan Hickson series (4.50 from Paddington)

                         Agatha Christie Hour

James Fox - Marple (A body in the library)

                    Poirot (Death on the Nile)

Anna Chancellor - Marple (Murder is announced)

                              Poirot (Chocolate Box)

Tim Pigot-Smith - Poirot (Taken at the flood)

                            Poirot, starring Peter Ustinov (Dead man’s folly)

Julian Wadham - Marple (Sleeping murder)

                           Poirot (The Plymouth Express)

                           Agatha Christie Hour

Adrian Lukis - Marple, the Joan Hickson series (A Caribbean mystery)