ADIOS, ARRIVADERCI, SO LONG

As he grew ever older he said
he wanted a sudden unanticipated death,
“In my sleep preferably” he added
with an unmeant chuckle.

It would be a good way to go,
I imagine, but it denies those
who will most mourn his passing
the chance to hope for a miracle.

And no matter when it happens,
if it is sudden it will always be too soon,
only the protracted death is timely
for those needing to say goodbye.

2 thoughts on “ADIOS, ARRIVADERCI, SO LONG

  1. Very interesting poem, Lou. My sweet, little dog, Lola, passed today. She will be missed. 🐶

  2. It is like losing a child. My heart goes out to you

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