Farewell, Sweet Dust

Moving funeral or memorial poem about scattering a loved one’s ashes, ideal for a religious or non-religious funeral or scattering ceremony.

Farewell, Sweet Dust

Now I have lost you, I must scatter

All of you on the air henceforth;

Not that to me it can ever matter

But it‘s only fair to the rest of the earth.

Now especially, when it is winter

And the sun‘s not half as bright as it was,

Who wouldn‘t be glad to find a splinter

That once was you, in the frozen grass?

Snowflakes, too, will be softer feathered,

Clouds, perhaps, will be whiter plumed;

Rain, whose brilliance you caught and gathered,

Purer silver have resumed.

Farewell, sweet dust; I never was a miser:

Once, for a minute, I made you mine:

Now you are gone, I am none the wiser

But the leaves of the willow are as bright as wine.


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