Cultural heroes are leaving us almost daily
We’ve reached the age where the front page
resembles a parade
of heroes gone who still live on
through what they did or made.
Each day we grieve for those who leave
this world (but not our hearts).
But let’s be clear. Our death draws near.
Today our swan-song starts!
So may our song (though short or long)
be voiced with honesty.
May what we sing reduce the sting
of life’s brutalities.