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The transition of power
is the terrible hour
It is not one of your picnic sports
the king that dies
must really die
so things are not as before.

The queen that dies must
sever her ties
and not ask to be reborn
The Ghost of the past
must be laid to rest
if the new one
is to be born.

Melancholy must be met
and not with regret
that what once was
must resurrect
No not this at all

Let the flock recall
that after the fall
Adam and Eve left.

Irwin R. Shaw - September 8th 1987