My Cousin Shakespeare Said – Lynette G. Esposito

Rules of the game,

Pray thee know,

Are many in the beginning

And few when you go.

Take up thy May flowers

And scatter them wide

For your funeral is coming

After you’ve died.

And those who come

to pay the last goodbye

with sorrow in their hearts

and tears in their eye

should be as many as the petals

you shared in your prime

that bless your passing

with sweet memory of your time.

Lynette G. Esposito, MA Rutgers, has been published in Poetry Quarterly, North of Oxford, Twin Decades, Remembered Arts, Reader’s Digest, US1, and others. She was married to Attilio Esposito and lives with eight rescued muses in Southern New Jersey.

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