When I die

4 Apr

When I die …

By L. Stewart Marsden

To my children and grandchildren:
On watching the Wizard of Oz for the umpteenth time in my life


When I die …
Will Oz disappear?
Will violins go silent?
Will waves cease reaching distant shores?
Birds stop warbling the first day of Spring?
Snows not melt and flow to the sea?
Blue whales quit breaching?
Athletes quit straining to set a new time?
Scholars quit trying to learn even more?
Couples stop courting and cooing aloud?
Dreamers quit daring?
Teachers quit urging?
The good quit their doing?
The best things abruptly end for all time?
Perhaps for me.
But not for you.

Oz will glow green,
Adagios will play,
The shores of all lands will be lapped by the waves,
A winged chorus will announce each and every new spring,
And snows will refreshen the rivers and lakes,
The whales will continue to breach and to spout,
New sprinters will edge records further along,
And scholars plumb new depths of knowledge,
Couples will dance and taunt one another,
Dreamers will see beyond galaxies far,
Teachers play out their lives for their students,
And good things continue to spawn further good,
Making all things worthwhile till the end of the age,
For you and then once again
Perhaps me.


Copyright © by Lawrence S. Marsden, 4 April, 2015

One Response to “When I die”

  1. Outlier Babe April 9, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Did not expect that, but a lovely thought.


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