It’s been so long since
we’ve been able to say
we expect you to
outlive us all someday

when I recognize
the mischievous smile
in my child’s face
I know you have

probably a falsehood
to say you won’t meet
have any of us not
met the mystery?

in the next century
we may find ourselves
outliving what we
could not see

easy to say it goes by
in the blink of an eye
if I close them
it seems much longer

one glance at the stars
a prayer perhaps
you are looking back at us
eternity collapsed

there you are in the photograph
great grandchildren laugh