For him
Must be
The shivering of
A great drum
Beaten with swift sticks
Then at the closing hour
The lights go out
And there is no music at all
And death becomes
An empty cabaret
And eternity an unblown saxophone
And yesterday
A glass of gin
Drunk long

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on February 3, 2024, by the Academy of American Poets.