Questions

Al Purdy
Canadian
1918 – 2000

 

What shall we say to Death
you and I
when time is short and breath
scant for you and I?

How can I answer Yes or No
my dear my dear
when we’re far away from the cold
but near to each other here?

But what shall we say to Death
when it comes night comes
there is no cheating it unless
we’re blind and deaf and dumb?

What shall we say to Death
with Yes defeated by No
there’s only the winter of loving left
only the snow?

I have no answer to give you
my dear my dear
only that I was always with you
and I am still here

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