Now that you're gone,
And my fears have quieted,
and the silence has crept in
as a familiar and welcome
Now that you're gone so long
that my sharp sensory memory of you
has been dimmed
by the inevitable forgiveness of time...
Now that you've been gone so long
that I've forgotten your touch
and that secret look and smile
you reserved just for me...
with the fullness and passage of time,
I can recall a sweeter and gentler
and realize I am still whole and matter.