He was an is.
Chuck, I mean.
Until he became a was.
As in he was my husband.
I can still say it in that manner, I suppose.
Is my husband instead of was my husband,
and I would still say that
He is so gone from me.
He is dead, you know, though
it rolls more easily from the tongue to say
He’s dead, you know
Speaking it as a contraction.
Is is the present (and, oh, what a present it was, both in reference to time and gift).
Was is my past,
and, oh, how the history of true love is carried in those 3 letters denoting the past
my love his love our love
and how the grief of his death is carried in those same 3 letters
He is I am we are he was I am we were
Verbs and language and usage
I don’t need big words to convey the sorrow of my heart for
what was and no longer is.