How do we approach the falling night #
(An Atheist’s Farewell)
By Jim Schlueter, February 12, 2023
How do we approach the falling night When we know there is no dawn in sight For all the flowers have bloomed The leaves all blown and trees stripped bare And soon all that we know will be no more At the closing of this door How do we greet this season of our lives Which will never show us another spring We reached our end, and now we sing For the light the dawn will never bring That is how I greet this season of my life I wish that I had another life To freely live and live again But that is not the ticket we drew When into this reality we flew It is this life you get, just one And then you’re done So make great joy with your family & friends Remember their smiles, hugs, embraces Their beauty, their love, their kindness All the sorrows, all the tears, and all the losses But rage not against what could have been For in this day, those are just bittersweet dreams That didn’t find the strength to make it to the end How do I greet the dawn that will not come today I take wonder at the miracle that brought me here I stand in marvel at the gift that made me appear Knowing now is not the time to waste on any fear Despite my aging body embracing its decay It is time to push through, to embrace this day For this is the time when seconds count eternity And tomorrow’s dawn will shed no light As I release my space for another to play And carry forward a new role into our humanity That it may grow and prosper in a new way
My dad wrote this 6 days before he passed away.
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