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