All things pass and turn into the dark
Green leaves shrink and sink into the loam
Howling cliffs are beaten by the ocean swell
Into grains of sand beneath the lacy foam.
All things turn their faces from the light
Beyond the blue, cold darkness fills each corner of the sky.
Following the cosmic dance until the end
The fire of the brightest star will die.
I gather them up, my myriad shining thoughts
Though they have no weight in the infinity of space.
The planets turn and wheel about my head
And stars pick out the contours of your face.
All things pass as I will into endless night
Leaving perhaps a trail of fire in the dark
For you to follow when your light begins to wane,
Kept glowing in your heart, a bright eternal spark.
My one desire while the daylight lasts
To learn the beginning and the end of what you are
And be content when my world turns into the dark
To cool and fade like any humble star.