But Do Not Let Them Know You Were Alone When You Died

Harold Schweizer

Leave it behind it will be too cumbersome to bear
across the vast fields it only lengthens the distance
of dying but do not let them think you were alone
when you died
                                speak early of your grief
to someone you loved and of your love earlier
to someone you lost do not take love with you leave
it with them leave without it so as not to leave
with sorrow too let neither love nor sorrow nor
grief hinder the awkward coming undone let it
not make you miss
                                your step already swathed
in shrouds of blindness let it go let them wonder
how light you have become in the quiet raft
of your body
                                and do not let them know you
were alone when you died look they are waiting
for you by the river

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