Poems

Elisabeth Wentworth: Living Will

Living Will   Two strangers certified your sound mind A decade of life ago And you signed a statement Of your wishes and resolve I understood it then   You directed me on some future day When unreliable mind and fear Might silence you When expectations were low To say, for you, No more   I knew you could not bear Then to outlive your mind Your crack-whip wit Your courage and compassion Left behind   All memory washed away When what you valued then Was all the rich remembering The story whole In words you owned   You were…

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