The Colonel

Quietly you slipped your surly bonds
at night; too long entrapped within
a weakened vessel; all bands now severed,
released...your soul took flight
without contention; you bade this earth
farewell - for a better place
I'm told; somewhere in space,
a new dimension; your spirit soars
above the clouds, no doubt...where space is
your domain, you now effortlessly walk about.
No walls or doors to confine or close
you in; you're free to roam the starry bliss
at will or wander...and gaze at sights
of which I've only dreamed or read,
but often ponder, before your final flight
my chance to say goodbye was nil;
I hope you understand and know I care -
So at this time I'll simply say
farewell, and try to verify you
where abouts...and wish you well.

by Ruth C. Demetral

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