My darling ones

O my darling ones,

what will I leave you

when I am gone?


Will it be treasure?

No, I have none of this stuff,

for my only wealth is my struggling words.


Will it be reputation, renown or fame?

No, it cannot be this either

for I am sadly unknown.


Will it be a family’s love and devotion complete?

No, for families are often like frayed 

works of art that people forget.


My darling ones, all I can leave you

from my poor lonely estate

is my sweet thoughts of you 

and these few words I wrote.


For my grandchildren