. A Requiem for Suzi She fed the birds, she knew them all by name; She cried to see a small dog hurt or lame; She stroked stray cats and even wild ones tamed. __She was wonderful, we loved her. She loved all children, love without a stain: From tip of toe to top of busy brain Her fond love knew no bounds, she loved love’s game. __She was wonderful, we loved her. Her laugh, sound of angels, sunshine’s refrain, Brought joy to all, a most magical gain. All grass was thus greener, birds sang again. __She was wonderful, we loved her. Her smile reached hearts that they beat strong again; She healed torn lives that they could laugh again, All who had been hurting made well again. __She was wonderful, we loved her. The stress of life became far less a strain, For dearest Suz’ love made the world seem sane. The joy of that love overcame, killed pain. __She was wonderful, we loved her. . . Tod Benjamin lives in Bournemouth, England, and is a retired businessman who, after years of globetrotting in the chemical business, wintered in Florida as a retiree golfer until forced to give up golf. He has written, for his own pleasure over many years, short stories, essays, novels, and, whenever he has to express a cry from his heart, poetry.