Lullaby for the Bereaved

Lullaby for the Bereaved

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Lullaby for the Bereaved

Your hours of tears won’t let you follow
Those who’ve left you alone.
Tonight your head lies on a pillow,
Not beneath earth and stone.

The dead won’t be returning,
Not for all of your pleas,
Nor for all your candles burning.
Get up off your knees.

            The deceased, removed from their rest
            Can take up all your hours
            Until your mind, denied a fair rest,
            Is deprived of its powers.

The road set before you is rocky and steep,
So seize the night’s respite and drift off to sleep.