If you should go tomorrow, or should I,
    Beyond the reach of human voice to say
The words I might have uttered here today,
    I think I could not bear to live or die.

So let me say as often as I can
    In all the varied ways at my command
That when you came to me new life began
    And you my world continue to expand.

There are no words to tell you how I feel-
    What words can capture feelings so sublime?
But may the songs you have inspired reveal
    In part how much you mean while there is time.

Elaine Ledbetter

Music composed by Malcolm, "While There is Time" in honor of Elaine and her new, unpublished poem, "While There is Time"

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