Her life was not as glorious as some,
Devoted to her children and their children,
Taken up by quiet tedium:
What’s left when dreams are scattered to the wind.
She loved too well, perhaps, and fought too hard
To make a marriage work that wasn’t right.
She was, of all bright loveliness, a shard
Struck off to bring our lives the gift of light.
There are those whose lives are shaped by love;
Whose pleasures, rich and full, are found in giving;
Who make our wild hearts bloom and passions move
Into measured fields made lush by living.
Without her all the gold’s gone from the day;
She will be missed far more than we can say.