“poem for daphne”

Dear friend – I
wanted you to know
it has been a joy

to be alive here in
part of the same time-
space as you –

not just because of
things we’ve enjoyed
and shared but

because the gifts
you’ve given out-
paragon those

that goddesses and
gods are jealous of
in mortals – depth,

heroism in Death’s
face, intellect, discernment,
spirit, magnanimity.

– Richard Berengarten, “6. Poem for Daphne” in Changing

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