Whenever one is taken and one spared,
The broken bond shall bring its own strong grief,
For such a day has stolen, as a thief,
The link forged by a lifetime's journey shared.
And so it was, with years of love declared,
With feelings then almost beyond belief,
And turmoil too of sadness and relief,
When heav'n recalled a life by sickness snared.
He'll never see that knowing look again;
He'll not now have the loving sounds of choice,
Nor shall he hear the happy joyous voice;
Nor hear the quiet sobbing from the pain.
Imagination, lonely and alone,
Shall see and hear the sights and sounds once known.