Her Dad

A man left this life

as he lived it:

dignified and circumspect

private and kind

yes, wearier

but no less wealthy

of spirit

of expansive ken

whose river-soul rarely raged

and never dried to a bed

if stones lay at its deeps

they lay in cool content

if in its wading shallows,

smoothed by the steady flow

of life elemental

purposeful and certain

the space permeated with light

sending it upward upward upward

to glance radiant off his smile.

March 14, 2013