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For a dear friend and colleague.

In shadows light I lie, eyes wide,
Beset by echoes of goodbye.

Slow ticks the clock, quick stir the thoughts
Of days to come, already lost.

One never finds a moment kind
Where parting, sorrow dwell untwined.

Rejoice, my heart, cast off thy grief
For blessings past, however brief.

Be free, go well in favored flight—
But let me mourn just one more night.