One’s sorrow at the loss is soon replaced
By disbelief and eagerness to blame
Some entity for our civic disgrace,
Or else partake a bitter share of shame.
And yet, we may take solace in the way
The opera fulfilled outstanding debts;
It took no loans that it could not repay,
It sold no tickets that it might regret.
A company respected by its peers;
Its Liebestod moves devotees to tears.