I do not fear quiescence of my breath,
for living ceased upon your sad demise.
The sun eclipsed the hour of your death;
the moon and stars were snatched from out the skies.
My Love, the night is long and never spent;
I feel a void that I cannot abide.
My heart, the very soul of me is rent,
because you are no longer by my side.
I welcome death to come and set me free,
to lift me far beyond this somber night,
for There, my Love, I know you wait for me;
once more we'll be together in the light.

To this sad world I'll gladly say adieu,
for death will surely bring me close to you.

Copyright 2000 Ruth Gillis

Previously published in Bell's Letters Autumn 2000

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