That Sweet and Final Hour
Julious placed the gold circlet around her head.
Clavis attached the earrings that drooped from her lobes.
Luva set the veil that covered her hair in translucent white.
Lumiale played the haunting requiem at the funeral.
Olivie did her make-up erasing all marks from her death.
Oscar tucked the white rose into her hair.
Randy donated the broach which lay upon her breast.
Zephel made the barrettes which held her hair in place.
Marcel arranged the bouquet of lilies she held.
Sei-Lan wrote the poem which formed the wrapping for the bouquet.
Timka set the bracelets around each of her wrists.
Victor led the pallbearers.
Mel created the necklace that rested around her throat.
Ernst performed the embalming.
Charlie provided the beautiful casket.
Queen Limoges, Rosalia, and Rachel designed the pale pink dress she wore.
She was buried beneath the Great Tree on Arcadia. It had always been her favorite spot.
Some said they could see the rosy shadow of Alphonsia, the Sacred Beast who watched the Cosmos, crying over her grave.
That night a meteor shower fell across the sky.
It looked as though the stars were shedding tears.
Just a minor song OAR. “When the River Meets the Sea” was composed by Paul William in 1977 for John Denver to sing. It represents a kind of winter death as it appeared on a few of Denver’s Christmas albums. Strange place for such a sad song.