Once You Are Gone


Once you’re gone, it’s a sad commentary to even admit
Except for a few or special accomplishments
Your presence isn’t very missed. ¬†We can’t accept this is the way
It always happens – it never fails. We cannot stay.

To even think that our passing will be forgotten soon
Urges us to leave a memory, after we go to live in our new post.
As we move on to what we hope’s a better home,
We’ll adjust, as do those who’re left behind, alone.

Lucile I. Burke
July 3, 1996