Richard T. Kaplan "RTK27"

October 27, 1973May 6, 2019

Dirge Without Music By Edna St. Vincent Millay

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground. So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind: Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lonely. Crowned with lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned. Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you. Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust. A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew, A formula, a phrase remains, but the best is lost. The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love, They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve. More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world. Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave. Gently they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave. I Know But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

The RTK27 Foundation is being established in Richard Thomas Kaplan’s memory. The foundation will provide art programs for inner-city children in Southern Nevada. Details about the foundation will be provided as soon as they are available. Your love and support during this difficult time is truly appreciated by our family.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 11, 2019


Richard T. Kaplan "RTK27"

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