Always Remember

I sat vigil through the night
You woke so many times
“Always remember,”
You said,
“I love you.”
Treasured words that
Have carried me through
All these years.

In the morning
There was so much pain.
“Stay with me,”
You said.
And I did.
But we had to say
Goodbye.

You held on
As long as you could
As if you were leading
One last Good Friday service.
And you were.
Family gathered.
We sang Amazing Grace
Even as we grieved.
And you went Home.

“Always remember,
I love you, too.”

In memory, JWA…1952-2000

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7 Responses to Always Remember

  1. arjeha says:

    Saying “Good-bye” is never easy. “Family gathered as you went Home” – beautiful.

  2. LisaV says:

    What a lovely poem. I’m reading it as we travel to a funeral, and finding comfort in it. Thank you for sharing, and I hope this Good Friday is grace-filled for you.

  3. karenszymusiak says:

    A beautiful poem! I can feel the love your have. It’s in every word.

  4. Tim Gels says:

    We’re given no gift greater than love. Thank you for sharing this poem.

  5. Oh, my. What a beautiful portrait you’ve drawn with your words. You have communicated your family’s love and closeness even in this painful goodbye. You’ve also shown that it is also a “see you again” parting. What an awesome Easter blessing you’ve given us!

  6. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    This is beautiful, Diane. Love pours from your heart and through your pen.

  7. JenniferM says:

    Oh wow, this is just beautiful! You captured this poignant scene so gorgeously that I can’t even pick out just one favorite part.

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