Elsie pined for elusive death;
A showgirl collapsed to living corpse.
Her brain kept time but time kept back;
Terror stalked her soul.
She needed hands to lead, not heal;
I shared her dreams and play her requiem.
Bryan Douglas Cook April 2011
Context for Death of Elsie
Elsie was a surrogate and beloved grandmother to the Cook family who died on the Thursday before Easter 2011 at 97 years of a failing body and a tired soul. Her passion was music and the author inherited her organ.