On the Death of Velma de Selby Bowen

I’ve said it all before: death sucks! And worse,
We’re complex, breathtaking, and we can speak,
All irreplaceable, and each unique,
Each human death must end a universe.

People die young, die old, die at my age!
Die much beloved, or indifferent, die
As everyone must do, as you and I,
And nothing helps, not love, not hope, not rage.

Your biting joy in life, your smile, your wit,
That you were loved and needed — so unjust
That death devoured it all, and that it must.
We cared for you, and that’s the end of it.

All we can do is live life day by day
Remember what we can, and while we may.

19th October 2014