Exequy – Guy Peppin

We cast
your cindered self to sail,
ashes explode and expand
a fallen leaf in spring
into a nebula of dreams,
spirit laden shadows
gather in silence,
gulls nestle and cry,
stars fade out into the midst
of the sea,
extinguishing the songs
of the heart within me,
this the unmaking of you,
no matter how bright you are,
you cannot shine upon yourself.