Death I Celebrate Your Life
I in pain and mournful silence
And curse the gods for stealing
Should I declare my life a
A moonless, starless night, a
In somber solitude upon this
Of emptiness, should I with
My bells of woe? Should I bemoan
Embrace these demons writhing in
I'd rather smash this
Lift up my voice and sing in
praise of you --
Yes, mine will be a lilting,
In honor of the greatest man I
Oh yes, my love, these smiles to
you I give,
For it was you who showed me how
Copyright © 1994 Ruth Gillis
Death I Celebrate Your
Life" received a First
in the September 1995 issue of Poets
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