Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Rest in peace.

After a two year battle, Denise Roberts died last night in a hospice at 10:55pm surrounded by her family. The cause was pancreatic cancer. I am glad she is finally free of pain.

DEATH be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so,
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then;
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die."

-- John Donne (1572-1631)

1 comment:

Tracy said...

I'm so sorry. I know Denise fought valiantly until the end and I know too she was a particular friend of yours. Cancer is a terrible disease, there is just no two ways about it. I hope you know I will be keeping Denise and her family in my thoughts and prayers and you as well.

Much love,