It’s time to pay respect, that’s what they always say
Today is for the living, as we attend the mass today.
While we honor those, that have gone beyond our presence
It’s really us that gains in closure, it’s only common sense.
But I wish to keep them living, to keep them in my mind
And not to put them down forever and to leave them far behind.
Because it is also always said, that we keep them in our heart
For if we don’t forget them, then they never really part.
So we attend the ceremony, with many of us inside
With relatives and good friends, where our love we cannot hide
Though it seems to you a closure, as it is also said to be
Yet to me it is a hindrance, not the place I want to see
Because I have kept them living, with thoughts and many prayers
To hold them all within me, with both concerns and cares
While they’re living and also after death, I view them quite the same
I hold their faces firmly with me, though I sometimes lose their names
I remember what they’ve done, I recall what they’ve meant to me
And though the meeting is meant to honor, an unpleasant place to be
I see it as something final, and an end that I would not claim
I believe it’s mostly just a change, but to still remain the same
According to the scriptures, their soul will live on and on
And as long as we hold them with us, they will never really be gone.
So I resist this meeting of departure, the closing of a door
Where only in my memory will I see them forevermore.