"A Passing"

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Stark reality of breaths

when breathed to say good-bye,

to a granite symbol of your life.

Peaceful gaze at last site,

mourning darkness falls

covering the room.

A march of the consoling follows

remembrances given before the lid

goes down covering the flesh,

while the soul clings to earthly ties.

in memory only.

A procession of black travels

a road of the same color,

to a place where darkness is kin.

A line of farewells is formed,

as rain beats down

on the gray misty afternoon.

A journey ended with food and drink,

the loved ones gather to weather the storm.

Memories of the deceased shared,

a final farewell to years of love.

To the ground interred the flesh,

to the wind the soul shall keep. . .

Timothy Michael DiVito c1994


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