“i’m not gonna miss you”
he sang in bittersweet lament

their dear friends knew
exactly what was meant

“i won’t cry”
with tear-filled eyes
“or tell you why”

why indeed
when forever
is found
in the doing
not the telling

no more separation
no more sorrow
there’ll be darkness
till tomorrow’s light
before the break of night

and shatters all
but the fervent
steadfast few
they fall
like rain
upon the morning dew

his voice belies
what’s real
what’s true

i’m not gonna miss you”