in the wake ...

Nancy Wake in 2004 [image source]

fare-thee-well nancy

in the image above 
you were past your ninetieth year
and yet 
how vital - how keen - how confident 
those eyes
o - the beauty 
of a life lived unafraid 
 of a face
granted permission 
to age - with grace

may your capacity to live - and give life
inspire a spark in us all
who hope to follow 

in your wake