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POEM IN MEMORIAM FOR HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

 

In Memoriam

 

The storm has taken down

the tree, which stood

seventy seasons by four,

to leave the arbour restless,

without a roof’s rising crown,

almost without a floor,

so skittering leaves flood

about, revealing lost acorns;

the forest is aghast, forlorn;

a tossed tempest grown out;

it is horrible emptiness.

There is a legacy that lasts

past loss, the quick torn apart -

roots only deepen to be flown.

 

September 8, 2022

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