Uproarious laughter filled our lovely party,
An ongoing din with no discernible source
Except one’s own voice. The dance was crowded
With like kind souls who, feeling the beat, twirled
In unison while wings of time seemed furled.
Faces changed, their passing hardly noticed.
A fortunate, chosen few flaunted their gifts
And unearned beauty on a gilded stage
Surrounded by the rest who, unsung,
joined in refrain, “The night still is young”.
A chair, left like a door ajar before
A solitary empty plate and crumpled
Napkin coarsely tossed, as memorial
Stands, a lonesome cemetery stone
For one who was, in the end, alone.
And the dance goes on.