Your Earthly Signature

Your Earthly Signature

By David Johnson

When your final bell has tolled

Most mourners have dispersed

And loved ones start to speak of you

In tones still somber, but laced with mirth

To celebrate the life you led

Before you left this fragile earth


What will they say with glasses raised

What memories were treasured most

What signatures were left behind

On which to build your legacy

What grace and goodness will they find

On which to craft your final toast


And will they see the honesty

In all the things you’ve done

Your sense of humor to the end

With gentle love for all you’ve known

And endless patience,  judgement naught,

For all of us who’ve been your friend