Don't Mourne Too Long.

(Inspired by a short verse by Joyce Grenfell and composed
when I lost my special Greyhound girl Saffron)

When it's time for me to go
And we have said farewell
Please don't mourn for me too long
But try to sing as well.

Sing about the happy times
And let the sad times go
Fill your heart with joyful thoughts
For life's too short you know.

Speak of me with fondness and
Recall our special days,
Hold dear those happy memories
That time cannot erase.

Each wouldn't wish we'd never met
Tho' now we've had to part,
So walk again the paths we trod
But not with heavy heart.

Don't close the door upon my life
Just because I've gone,
In your heart and in mine too
Our friendship will live on.

Should you prepare a grave for me
To lay my soul to rest,
A simple headstone with my name
Is what I'd like the best.

Or if my ashes you'd prefer
To scatter far and wide,
You'll watch the breeze bear me away
Yet feel me by your side.

Be happy that our lives we shared
On sadness do not dwell,
Maybe shed a tear or two
But will you sing as well?

J Zatonski 2006


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