Now I Know Death
I know how I will die - sadly, slowly,
Regretting all I leave behind
In the spirit of taking a train to school,
Of seeing the holidays pass without a girl,
Of moving out of a good house, leaving the keys
On the table, carefully locking myself out.
Watching the first leaves fall, warning that
The summer comes to an end.
Going to bed only because I am so tired.
Hearing the wind in the pines, hinting at loss.
Feeling without my children, grown,
The sadness that comes from depths of happiness
And knowing I'm too frail to hold it.
If you have any thoughts on this poem, Robin Helweg-Larsen
would be pleased to hear them.