The For Sale sign hung expectantly for weeks,
til the joyful hurrying agent slapped ‘Sold’ on
and had ages of paperwork work through while
a loving couple who lived there were truly gone.
It was their cosy home and garden, built in peace
around their chattering children now moved on,
loving hands that cleaned and weeded, partied
and carefully fashioned a flower bestrewed oasis.
Now their spirits have left and its place will
know them more. Caring neighbours teared up,
and far off family felt the pain of new loss;
as their growing up place will become another’s –
and so our lifecycle goes around over the lands
for rich and poor alike. But grace reveals that we
feel the bitter change, are sorry for it and grieve
the loss of friends who shared in our community.