The Silence Thereafter

I

Endless as the ocean,
Present moments sprawl
Into eternity:
Still and silent, all.

And these will never be
As days of long ago;
Life has passed me by,
But it was always so.

II

Dark is the night
In commune with the soul:
Sorrow, loss, the self
In fragments; never whole.

Some are found amid
The sound of laughter;
Others perish in
The silence thereafter.

III

In every life,
There is a promise made;
And though these words remain,
All else may fade.

Never sweeter,
More sincerely spoken;
Everything ends
When the vow is broken.

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