Elegy

dying slowly incident by incident
how hard—for you and those
who knew you or have memory
of your existence
to witness such mean

abandonment

today there is no praise
we come to bury you
and your acts long ago
dismissed and now

despised

open doors, offers of aid—first
and continual—serving—
sharing—sacrificing
anything—wealth / time / thought

eliminated

replaced now with all manner
of self serving consideration
attitude replacing gratitude
with consequences on others

ignored

gluttony and self indulgence pull
the shades over generosity
and sympathy seen weak and
forbidden

today we declare you dead
Stomp the ground—your bed

Respect is not the fashion
be dead now—compassion.

–deb y felio © 2018

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