A Gentle Going

You gently let your hold on life release

Your light declining like the setting sun

Your breathing slowed then faltered and it ceased

 

No need for you to rage against decease

Your mission was complete, your work was done

And so you gently let your hold release

 

Four score and seven years your earthly lease

And when you knew your marathon was run

Your breathing slowed and faltered, then it ceased

 

Your name and love to us are of a piece

The two entwined as though they were the one

You gently let your hold on life release

 

The love you showed to all still finds increase

The good you did will never be undone

Although your breathing slowed and now is ceased

 

And we are happy, seeing you lie at peace

Amongst so many friends whose hearts you won

You gently let your hold on life release

But ripples you began will never cease