I read a post by peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com – “Part of The Process” June 6, 2017. She spoke of how much she missed her Father since he passed away. She wrote a beautiful poem about the loss of her Father. In a comment, I mentioned I had written a poem about my brother who passed away. She asked if she might read my poem, so I am posting it today.
I wrote this poem in late 2015. My brother was ill for several years and he told me not to grieve when he was gone; he wanted me to think of him – Now and Then. I worded this poem as if he were writing the poem himself. I have 3 siblings, but my brother was the only sibling that shared both childhood and adulthood with me. He was 1 1/2 years younger than me and we truly had a wonderful, loving relationship. I miss him, I grieve for him, I loved him so dearly. He passed away just before Thanksgiving in 2015; loss always seems harder to bear when it happens during the holiday season.
THINK OF ME – NOW AND THEN
Now I’ve traveled down that long and final road of life; my earthly light shines no more.
I want no sorrow to fill you with gloom and despair; for my soul is now gone home.
Think for me for a short and quiet span of time; and smile as you remember.
Picture the life of love and joy we once shared; Think of Me – Now and Then.
We all must venture through this last journey alone; on the path to glorious eternity.
God has prepared a new and splendid place for me; where pain and regrets cannot go.
Do not fill your heart with distress and grief; find comfort in those still near.
Turn sorrow into charity to help others endure life; But Remember – Think of Me – Now and Then.
written for you – Jack, by your sister – Peggy