He shall not have gone quietly,
Nor shall he have died in vain,
For he spoke his news matter-of-factly,
And he shook his fist at pain.
He fought but did not count the cost,
He knew by grace just how it's done,
And he knew too that when something's lost
Something's also won.
Post-script: Abby's brother, Thomas Francis Bennett II, coming to the end of a 3-year battle with cancer, died four days after this post,at age 53.