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Gause Family Vault and Grave Marker Commemorating a Young Girl’s Brother-Wilmington, Delaware

SONNET: DEATH OF THE DEBUTANTE IN THE NEW CENTURY
by D. L. Guerra ©2009 All Rights Reserved

Death came to him. The debutante in her Bent from oblivious joy. Post-Christmas strike Gouged childhood, compelled her to inter, With brother’s bones, paternal hopes alike. For Courtland’s parents, too, had set some course. His ended where their own commenced, at Yale: A tragedy at twenty-three; remorse For her contained at ten. How dare she fail To gather friends, oneself, round charity – The room, a children’s ward – but in an age When lagging Science fought mortality, Organs withered without bacteriophage? An act of will propelled Marion through pain, Owned or shared, to art and life again.