January 1986

 

his life entire

has passed as breath

to not be drawn again

a sudden breeze

and brief

beneath the season's sun

 

He loved, he laughed

he sometimes dreamed

he sang his song for  life

His home his castle

his wife his love

his children pride and joy

Storm clouds - sun shine

He took it all and stood

 

And fell

 

An open field 'neath autumn's sun

golden leaves blow through the sky

A marble slab

a name

a date

the sum of all his steps

his bitter epitaph

 

"Also ran"