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Even Nature Grieves Your Passing
written by: Arlene Antoinette
It's raining, as we silently march through sodden grounds, to the plot where we will lay you to rest. Do you see how the gray sky weeps in your absence? This morning, birds refused to sing their melodious songs. Silent were their whistles and fanciful chirps. Baby squirrels refrained from play; their heads bowed in reverence. Lizards forsook morning push-ups leaving territories unclaimed. See how the sun has hidden her scorching face? She dares not give light to the emptiness of today. Through raindrops, our gaze come to rest on your silver casket. Soon you will be lowered into the earth, into the mouth of a ravenous grave, attempting to satisfy its unending hunger. But you are not a sacrifice, no, never that. You are a gift given back to the earth from which you were created.