Ruby in the Rough

Ruby in the Rough*

(August 2002)

Goodbye, Fair lady,
and go
for the Otherworld has called your name.

Do not be afraid, Dearest lady,
approach it with the same Fire and Fortitude
that all other challenges saw from you.

Lie down, Lovely lady,
take the rest you have so richly earned

Be Free, Wonderous lady,
cast aside this world
and all the troubles that it brings,
Once and For All.

Ascend, Proud lady.
Climb the heights set now before you,
be they Heaven or Olympus.

Ascend, Strong Lady,
and remember those who loved you.

*Written for my grandmother’s funeral.