the last thing to do

the last thing to do
after the last page is laid to rest
and the last meal is eaten
and the last bowl is placed in the sink
before the last things of night can be done
the last of the day's grime washed away
the last light extinguished until daybreak
the last words whispered into the darkness
the last thing to do
is to write this poem
this last blank poem
which, at last, is done.