Should You Go First

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Albert Rosell

Should you go first and I remain 
To walk the road alone, 
I'll live in memory's garden, dear, 
With happy days we've known.

In Spring I'll watch for roses red 
When fades the lilac blue, 
In early Fall when brown leaves call 
I'll catch a glimpse of you.

Should you go first and I remain 
For battles to be fought, 
Each thing you've touched along the way 
Will be a hallowed spot.

I'll hear your voice, I'll see your smile, 
Though blindly I may grope, 
The memory of your helping hand 
Will buoy me on with hope.

Should you go first and I remain 
To finish with the scroll 
No length'ning shadows shall creep in 
To make this life seem droll.

We've known so much of happiness, 
We've had our cup of joy 
And memory is one gift of God 
That death cannot destroy.

Should you go first and I remain 
One thing I'd have you do; 
Walk slowly down that long, lone path, 
For soon I'll follow you.

I'll want to know each step you take 
That I may walk the same. 
For someday, down that lonely road, 
You'll hear me call your name.

--Albert Rosell (From Poems That Touch the Heart)