Colonel Marcus on Death

I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the
blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she is only a ribbon of white
cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says, “There, she’s gone!” Gone where? Gone from my sight…that is all. She is just as large in mast
and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of
destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her!
And just at that moment when someone at my side says, “There, she’s gone!” there are other voices ready to take up the
glad shout, “Here she comes!” ….And that is dying!
Colonel David (Mickey) Marcus

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