“Requiem” Revised

Here’s a “Requiem” that applies to those who have lived a pretty full life.  I made the changes to the first few lines and the penultimate line in recent days.  

The original creation was inspired by former students I knew who died young in a dreadful single-car accident.  The eventual poem appears in both the collections “My Best to You” and “Providence.”

The version below concluded my earthly father’s obituary in both The Daily Record of Wooster and the Ashland Times-Gazette.  He passed away on May 21, 2017 at the age of 90.

 

REQUIEM

Most good things
/ this life had willed
Have been finally
/ now fulfilled…
Yet as we fumble
/ for words to say,
Death never takes
/ it all away.                                                                                                                              

Some plans our God
/ does not reveal;
The faithful trust
/ He must conceal
Love mere man
/ here cannot know…
By grace this day
/ that love will show.

 

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