I wrote a poem last year

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My grandmother died last year. But saying “last year” makes it seem so far away when in reality, it happened just over a month ago.

We were not related by blood. She was the mother of my step-father, who has been in my life since I was about 4 years old. She was as much a part of my family as my own grandparents – but much more loving.

If you know me, you know my blood grandparents are not very kind people. They’re far from being warm and affectionate. But they are my grandparents, so I love them regardless.

But Jackie Richardson was one of the good ones. She had her issues, as we all do, and she struggled probably more than anyone deserves. Jackie was kind, soft-spoken, genuine, loving and honest. She was strong.

I was not as close to her as I would have liked to be. But I loved her all the same. And she paid attention.

The thing that struck me most about her was something that occurred after she passed. In her final wishes she requested that I write and read an original poem. I found this out two days before the funeral – I was shocked – nothing like that had ever been asked of me and I didn’t want to screw it up.

I’m not big on poetry writing, I enjoy reading it now and again but it’s never been my passion. But I was happy to do it for her.

I debated whether or not I should post the poem, because it was more personal. But I take pride in it and I was happy to be able to give her something that she wanted even after she left us. Also, maybe reading it will give someone else who has lost a loved one some comfort.

For Grandmommy:

Although I am gone
I am still here
Exalted and sublime
Wrapped in golden sunlight

Although I am gone
I am still here
Glistening and translucent
In the very tears you shed

Although I am gone
I am still here
In your smile
In your laugh
In your heart

I will remain here
In the twinkle of your eye
In the ripples if your dreams
In your memories
In your hopes
And in the safety of your love

I will remain here
In spirit
And in bliss
For your eternity and mine

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