R.I.P. STEPHEN SPENDER
February 28, 1909 – 16 July 1995
A laureate who never spent his time
Trying to pass a test, preferred to rhyme
And be the gay defender and befriender
Of the dependent masses under Spender.
R.I.P. CAROL FROST
February 28, 1948
Carol Frost would not be bossed,
Would not be limited or lost,
Yet here she lies and cannot sing:
The mud has stopped her Caroling.
R.I.P. HOWARD NEMEROV
February 29, 1920-July 5, 1991
His verse could boil the cosmos down
To the simple stitches of a gown.
But few could be the hemmer of
The skirts of Howard Nemerov.